The mohua (yellowhead) is a small songbird that is characterised by their bright yellow-green chests and heads. With its distinctive appearance, this special bird is a highly sought-after species for birdwatchers and conservationists. The mohua is endemic to New Zealand and is mainly found in forest area in the South Island and on Stewart Island. You have a good chance of spotting them in many parts of Southland, including the Catlins, Fiordland and across much of our hill country. 

Mohua are agile and active birds, often seen foraging among the branches and foliage of beech trees. They have a varied diet that includes insects, spiders, fruit, nectar, and even small seeds. Mohuas use their fine bill to extract insects from tree bark and leaves, and they also visit flowers to feed on nectar.


Read more on the mohua here.

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