Story: Small forest birds


Yellowheads (mōhua) live in the South Island and on a few offshore islands where they have been released. Their musical call was once heard in most forested regions of the South Island – especially mature beech forest. They nest in tree holes, which makes them vulnerable to predators. They are limited to a few mountain forest regions but in the early 2020s were classified as recovering.

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Sound file from Birds of New Zealand. Compact disc. © Viking Sevenseas NZ, 1980 (PO Box 152, Paraparaumu). All rights reserved. Photograph courtesy of New Zealand Naturephoto (reference 05909)

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Christina Troup, 'Small forest birds - Whiteheads, yellowheads and brown creepers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 December 2023)

Story by Christina Troup, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015, updated 1 Aug 2023