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.
As a photographer of nature I have derived much pleasure from both watching the Hihi as well as seeing the good work of those involved in bringing Hihi back from the brink of extinction. Along with my partner Kristina, the wonderful folks at Thankyou Payroll, and the , we all take pleasure in coming out to bat for this saucy little bird!