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11x7cm. The Hihi is a rare and poorly known endemic forest bird

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The Hihi is in a bird family all of it's own. There is no close relative of the Hihi. The Hihi's conservation status is considered nationally critical with an estimated population apx 2,000 mainly on Te Hauturu-o-Toi / Little Barrier Island. The Hihi was once abundant across New Zealand and is only alive today due to its population of the wildlife sanctuary on Hauturu*.

The Hihi has a complex social structure and has proven to be one of the most interesting birds to study. It is the only known bird in the world that sometimes copulates face-to-face. Hihi trans-locations to various sites have never resulted in being self-sustaining. The Hihi is highly susceptible to fungal infections so their nests need to be heavily managed. Food is another key issue, as the Hihi is often the lesser bird when competing with the more dominate Bellbirds / Korimako and Tuis. Supplementary feeding is also required when new populations and being established.         

The Hihi has never won the New Zealand Bird of the Year competition. It just takes one person to be a campaign manager for the Hihi and it's a great opportunity to personally develop valuable marketing and managing skills. Voting is in apx October/November every year and is always an exciting and heavily competed contest. 

The Hihi sparkly decoration was introduced in 2022.

This decoration is made of fabric, sequins, beads and coloured metallic threads. It is nice and light for posting. If you need to send them internationally, we can do it for you. Handy information - The cost to send up to 10x NZ Bird sparkly decorations to the same international address is the same as sending 1x.

*Hauturu was the first wildlife sanctuary in New Zealand enacted into legislation apx 1897. It is home to giant worms of 55cm and giant weta, along with other rare or extinct from the mainland flora and fauna. This island has restricted access, mainly to rangers that have been living on the island since 1897. The British Crown first tried to purchase Hauturu for a nature reserve in 1881. After the purchase failed, Hauturu was appropriated through an Act of Parliament in 1884. The Maori that were living on Hauturu were evicted in 1896. In 2011 the crown as part of a treaty settlement returned Hauturu to the local iwi who in turn gifted it back to the people of New Zealand. 



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