Stitchbird Notiomystis cincta


Angehr, G. R. 1984. A bird in the hand: Andreas Reischek and the Stitchbird. Notornis 31: 300-311.

Armstrong, D. 1996. Mokoia Island stichbirds. Ornithological Society of New Zealand News 78: 1-2.

Armstrong, D. P.; Castro, I.; Alley, J. C.; Feenstra, B.; Perrot, J. K. 1999. Mortality and behaviour of hihi, an endangered New Zealand honeyeater, in the establishment phase following translocation. Biological Conservation 89: 329-339.

Armstrong, D. P.; Davidson, R. S.; Dimond, W. J.; Perrott, J. K.; Castro, I.; Ewen, J. G.; Griffiths, R.; Taylor, J. 2002. Population dynamics of reintroduced forest birds on New Zealand islands. Journal of Biogeography 29: 1-13.

Armstrong, D. P.; Ewen, J. G. 2001. Testing food limitation in reintroduced hihi populations: contrasting results for two islands. Pacific Conservation Biology 7: 87-92.

Armstrong, D. P.; Perrott, J. K. 2000. An experiment testing whether condition and survival are limited by food supply in a reintroduced Hihi population. Conservation Biology 14: 1171-1181.

Brekke, P.; Bennett, P. M.; Jianliang Wang; Pettorelli, N.; Ewen, J. G. 2010. Sensitive males: inbreeding depression in an endangered bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 277(1700): 3677-3684.

Brekke, P.; Bennett, P.; Santure, A.; Ewen, J. G. 2011. High genetic diversity in the remnant island population of hihi and the genetic consequences of re-introduction. Molecular Ecology 20: 29-5.

Castro, I.; Brunton, D. H.; Mason, K. M.; Ebert, B.; Griffiths, R. 2003. Life history traits and food supplementation affect productivity in a translocated population of the endangered Hihi (Stitchbird, Notiomystis cincta). Biological Conservation 114: 271-280.

Castro, I.; Minot, E. O.; Alley, J. C. 1994. Feeding and breeding behaviour of Hihi or Stitchbirds Notiomystis cincta recently transferred to Kapiti Island, New Zealand, and possible management alternatives. In: Serena, M. (ed.), Reintroduction biology of Australian and New Zealand fauna, pp. 121-128. Surrey Beatty & Sons, Chipping Norton, Australia.

Castro, I.; Minot, E. O.; Fordham, R. A.; Birdhead, T. R. 1996. Polyandry, face-to-face copulation and sperm competition in the Hihi Notiomystis cincta (Aves: Meliphagidae). Ibis 138: 765-771.

Chauvenet, A. L. M.; Ewen, J. G.; Armstrong, D. P.; Coulson, T.; Blackburn, T. M.; Adams, L.; Walker, L. K.; Pettorelli, N. 2012. Does supplemental feeding affect the viability of translocated populations? The example of the hihi. Animal Conservation 15(4): 337-350.

Collar, N.J. and Butchart, S.H.M. 2013. Conservation breeding and avian diversity: chances and challenges. International Zoo Yearbook 48(1): 7-28.

Department of Conservation. 2005. Hihi/Stitchbird (Notiomystis cicta) recovery plan 2004-09. Department of Conservation, Wellington, New Zealand.

Ewen, J. G.; Parker, K. A.; Richardson, K.; Armstrong, D. P.; Smuts-Kennedy, C. 2011. Translocation of hihi Notiomystis cincta to Maungatautari, a New Zealand mainland reserve protected by a predator-exclusion fence. Conservation Evidence 8: 58-65.

Ewen, J. G.; Thorogood, R.; Nicol, C.; Armstrong, D. P. Alley, M. 2007. Salmonella Typhimurium in hihi, New Zealand [letter]. Emerging Infectious Diseases 13(5).

Low, M. 2005. Sex on the brain. Wingspan 15(4): 26-29.

Rasch, G.; Boyd, S.; Clegg, S. 1996. Stitchbird (Hihi) Notiomystis cincta recovery plan. Department of Conservation, Wellington.

Sumich, J. 2009. A success in mainland forests? Southern Bird: 8-9.

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BirdLife International (2019) Species factsheet: Notiomystis cincta. Downloaded from on 14/11/2019. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2019) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 14/11/2019.