Kōrero: Southern beech forest



The yellowhead or mohua is a small, insect-eating bird found in South Island beech forests. Their numbers have declined dramatically since the 1970s. Yellowheads are the last link in a chain that begins in years when beech seeds are plentiful. When the seeds are abundant, rats and mice reach plague proportions. In turn, stoats, which eat the rodents, also increase in number. The stoats then prey on yellowheads and their chicks.

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Department of Conservation
Reference: 10047414
Photograph by Ian Southy

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Joanna Orwin, 'Southern beech forest - Uses and management', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/13327/yellowhead (accessed 26 May 2022)

He kōrero nā Joanna Orwin, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007