Huia

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.

distribution

New Zealand.

habitat

Temperate forest.

behavior

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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