Conservation status
In serious trouble

The common name of this bird is believed to come from their high-pitched zit tzit whistle. They have a curved bill and a long tongue that is used to reach deeply into flowers to brush nectar to eat. To support these birds, nectar feeders and artificial nest boxes are sometimes added to the forest.

Campaign Manager

Stuart Attwood

Stuart Attwood

Kia ora!

I am the hihi, a treasure of the ngahere, a ray of sunshine that is rare and deserves your vote this year!

When the forests thrived so did we, but today you can only find us in sanctuary spaces where humans have to supplementary feed us.

We know it is hard to love a bird you may never have seen but anybody who has come across us cheekily hanging around feeders or heard our cheerful whistles from the dark bush instantly falls for our charms!

We are an underbird, so please send us your love with your number one vote and let the rest of Aotearoa hear our call!

You can follow our progress on Twitter and Facebook using the links below.

You can see us at Zealandia, Kapiti Island, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, Rotokare, Tiritiri Matangi, Shakespear Regional Park, and Bushy Park Tarapuruhi

If you wish to know more about us then head to

Team Hihi is proudly being supported by Zealandia this year!



Photo: jgraham