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Encyclopedia > Mohua
Yellowhead
Conservation status: See text

Yellowhead or Mohua
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pachycephalidae
Genus: Mohua
Species: M. ochrocephala
Binomial name
Mohua ochrocephala
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The Yellowhead or Mohua (Mohua ochrocephala) is a small insect-eating bird that is endemic to New Zealand's South Island. Although abundant in the 1800s, particularly in beech forests from Nelson and the Marlborough Sounds to Southland and Stewart Island, they declined dramatically in the early 1900s due to the introduction of Ship rats and mustelids. Today they have gone from nearly 75% of their former range. In New Zealand, the Mohua has the status of a protected threatened endmic species. Conservation efforts are being made to ensure its survival and Mohua populations have been established on several predator-free offshore islands, such as Breaksea Island, Fiordland. The conservation status of a species is an indicator of the likelihood of that species continuing to survive. ... Yellowhead (Mohua ochrocephala) Author: Thomas Mattern Institution: Department of Zoology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand Image date: 10. ... Scientific classification - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ... Phyla Porifera (sponges) Ctenophora (comb jellies) Cnidaria Placozoa Bilateria Acoelomorpha Orthonectida Rhombozoa ?Myxozoa Superphylum Deuterostomia    Chordata (vertebrates, etc. ... Typical Classes Subphylum Urochordata - Tunicates Ascidiacea Thaliacea Larvacea Subphylum Cephalochordata - Lancelets Subphylum Myxini - Hagfishes Subphylum Vertebrata - Vertebrates Petromyzontida - Lampreys Placodermi (extinct) Chondrichthyes - Cartilaginous fishes Acanthodii (extinct) Actinopterygii - Ray-finned fishes Actinistia - Coelacanths Dipnoi - Lungfishes Amphibia - Amphibians Reptilia - Reptiles Aves - Birds Mammalia - Mammals Chordates (phylum Chordata) include the vertebrates, together with... Orders Many - see section below. ... Families Many, see text A passerine is a bird of the giant order Passeriformes. ... Subfamilies  Falcunculinae  Pachycephalinae The family Pachycephalidae includes the whistlers, shrike-thrushes, shrike-tits, pitohuis and Crested Bellbird, and is part of the Australo-Papuan corvid lineage. ... In biology, binomial nomenclature is a standard convention used for naming species. ... A question mark is a punctuation mark. ... A question mark is a punctuation mark. ... South Island The South Island forms one of the two major islands of New Zealand, the other being the North Island. ... Species Fagus crenata - Japanese Beech Fagus engleriana - Chinese Beech Fagus grandifolia - American Beech Fagus hayatae - Taiwan Beech Fagus japonica - Japanese Blue Beech Fagus longipetiolata - South Chinese Beech Fagus lucida - Shining Beech Fagus mexicana - Mexican Beech or Haya Fagus orientalis - Oriental Beech Fagus sylvatica - European Beech Beech (Fagus) is a genus... Nelson is the name of several towns, cities, counties, regions around the world: Nelson, New Zealand Nelson, Lancashire, England Nelson, British Columbia Nelson, Georgia Nelson, Illinois Nelson, Missouri Nelson, Minnesota Nelson, Nebraska Nelson, New Hampshire Nelson, New York Nelson, Wisconsin Nelson County, Kentucky Nelson County, North Dakota Nelson County, Virginia... Ocean Kayakers on the Marlborough Sounds. ... The Southland is a geographic term used in several parts of the world. ... Stewart Island is the third largest island of New Zealand. ... Binomial name Rattus rattus (Linnaeus, 1758) The Black Rat (Rattus rattus, also known as the Ship Rat, Roof Rat or House Rat) is a common long-tailed rodent of the genus Rattus and the subfamily murinae (Old World rodents). ... Subfamilies Lutrinae Melinae Mellivorinae Taxidiinae Mustelinae Mustelidae is a family of carnivorous mammals. ... Fiordland is situated on the south-western corner of the South Island of New Zealand. ...


References

Heather, Barrie D; Robertson, Hugh A & Onley, Derek (2000). The field guide to the birds of New Zealand. Viking: Printing Press. ISBN 0-670-89370-6.


"Dpeartment of Conservation: Mohua (Yellowhead) (http://www.doc.govt.nz/Conservation/001~Plants-and-Animals/001~Native-Animals/Mohua-(Yellowhead).asp)." Mohua (Yellowhead). Accessed on May, 2005. This article is about the month of May. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


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