Conspicuous white tufts are accompanied by vibrant yellow both of which shine on a bird intent on putting on a proud body popping display

The stitchbird, sometimes known as the (Notiomystis cincta), is currently exclusively found on New Zealand’s offshore islands and walled mainland reserves.

Conspicuous white tufts are accompanied by vibrant yellow both of which shine on a bird intent on putting on a proud body popping display

Males have a dark velvet helmet and white ear tufts that may be raised and lowered at will.

A yellow stripe across his chest separates his black skull from the rest of his body.

His belly is gray, and his beak is sharp and curled down.

Males and females both have a lengthy tongue with a brush at the tip and thin whiskers protruding from the base of the bill.

Female stitchbirds differ greatly from males in color, being mostly greenish brown with yellow lighter tones and white wing bars.

Conspicuous white tufts are accompanied by vibrant yellow both of which shine on a bird intent on putting on a proud body popping display

The female, like the male, frequently sits tilted forward with her tail raised high.

The bird, which was once ubiquitous throughout New Zealand’s North Island and on numerous offshore islands.

It is now only found on Little Barrier Island, with tiny translocated populations on other offshore islands and gated mainland reserves.

The stitchbird lives in a wide range of temperate forest settings, preferring old woods with enough of tree holes for nesting.

They may be found from sea level to around 750 meters in elevation.

Conspicuous white tufts are accompanied by vibrant yellow both of which shine on a bird intent on putting on a proud body popping display

Stichbirds are mostly nectarivorous birds that feed on the nectar of different flowers, although they will also consume fruits, insects, and other invertebrates.

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