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Yellowhead

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Photo © by tony.sawRouteburn Track, south Island, New Zealand, October 2009
Photo © by tony.saw
Routeburn Track, south Island, New Zealand, October 2009

Alternative names: Mohua; Bush Canary

Mohoua ochrocephala

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[edit] Identification

14 - 15 cm (5½-6 in). Very similar in shape and size to Whitehead.

  • Bright yellow head and underparts
  • Contrasting black bill, eyes and legs
  • Yellowish-brown upperparts
  • Females and juveniles similar with crown and nape shaded brown

[edit] Distribution

New Zealand: found on South Island and Stewart Island.
Uncommon and very patchily distributed.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1]..
Sometimes considered conspecific with Whitehead.

[edit] Habitat

Lowland red beech forests. Locally up to 900m.
Formerly also in podocarp-hardword forest.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

They feed high in the trees and the diet includes insects.

[edit] Breeding

Breeding season from October to February. They nest in small cavities in large, old trees. Their clutch contains 1-4 eggs which are incubated by the female alone, though both parents care for the young. Nests may be parasitised by Long-tailed Cuckoo.

[edit] Movements

Residents species with some seasonal movements.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553422
  3. New Zealand Birds Onlline

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