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Radio hihi: a slice of hihi for curious minds

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Radio interview available from the Radio New Zealand National at:
http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/thiswayup/audio/201770281/birds-hihi-stitchbird

Hugh Robertson from the Department of Conservation and author of the Field Guide to Birds of New Zealand is interviewed by Simon Morton on the This Way Up show, Radio New Zealand National.

In this interview Hugh and Simon are visiting Zealandia in Wellington and talking everything hihi. Hugh provides a nice introduction to hihi ecology and what hihi look and sound like – with help from some calling males in the background. Zealandia is celebrating 10 years since hihi were successfully reintroduced and it’s a good setting to learn about their past declines and the conservation challenges faced by this most colourful of New Zealand birds.

Written by Nick Fisentzidis

I began working for the Department of Conservation (DOC) in 2007 and since then have worked in several roles and locations across the country. I first started working with hihi in 2012 when my partner and I became the resident rangers on Kapiti Island. My main role out here is to manage the Kapiti hihi population – basically this means organising supplementary feeding, banding birds to allow for monitoring and working with the Recovery Group to improve the management of the Kapiti population.

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