Conservation status
In some trouble

Also known as the bush canary, mōhua live in fast-moving, noisy flocks. Based high in the canopy, they bring the South Island beech forest alive with their loud, melodious calls. They feed among the branches by picking off the moss and lichen to expose their favourite prey: beetles, caterpillars, spiders, and moths.

Campaign Manager

Louise Glyde and Liam Cairns

This year we are getting behind the beautiful Mōhua. Once abundant in nature, its beautiful song used to boom through our native forests. Unfortunately, deforestation and the introduction of predators has meant these playful critters are now only found in a few isolated beech forests.

Despite it's BOTY victory in 2013 and its mighty position on the $100 note, its lack of visibility in nature means the Mōhua is often overlooked compared to its more famous native pals. We want to use bird of year to raise awareness for this cute little bird who needs our help so it can once again fly freely throughout NZ, and in doing so we hope to help people consider how their activities impact our natural world. #helloyellow #yeehaw

Mohua wearing a red beret

Photo: © Jake Osborne