Hihi stitchbird (Notiomystis cincta), is one of Aotearoa’s rarest birds. Once found throughout the North Island and several offshore islands they were extinct on the mainland by 1890. Only one natural population on Te Hauturu-o-Toi remains. Another 7 populations have been established by reintroduction thanks to conservation efforts. There are thought to be less than 3000 birds remaining.
The male hihi (left), has a striking plumage of black, yellow and white while the female (right) is more demure in colouring. It is told that the hihi's feathers were singed to this black and yellow colour after he was thrown in the fire by Maui himself - a punishment for refusing his request to fetch a him drink of water upon his return from taming the sun.
Fine art reproductions are available with the HAND WRITTEN species title 'Hihi, stitchbird (Notiomystis cincta)' and are SIGNED INDIVIDUALLY. The total edition of artist reproductions of this image is LIMITED TO 100.
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The A3 on 210GSM smooth matte is pictured in image 2.
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