Heteralocha acutirostris taxonomy

Heteralocha acutirostris Gould, 1837. other common names

French: Huia dimorphe; German: Hopflappenvogel; Spanish: Huia.

physical characteristics 18 in (45 cm). Bluish black plumage, white band across the tail end, and bright orange wattles.


New Zealand.


Temperate forest.


Actively walked and hopped but was a weak flier. Occurred as non-migratory pairs that defended a breeding territory.

feeding ecology and diet

Fed on insects and other arthropods found on the forest floor or in foliage and also ate fruits.

Heteralocha acutirostris

reproductive biology

Built a cup-shaped nest of sticks on the ground or low in a shrub. Laid two to three eggs.

conservation status Extinct.

significance to humans

Revered by the Maori culture, but was hunted for feathers and as food.

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