The Mohouas have been included in many families, including Paridae, Timaliidae, Orthonychidae, Campephagidae, Sylviidae, Maluridae,
Acanthizidae (=Pardalotidae) and Pachycephalidae (as a subfamily, Mohouinae.)
Mohoua are gregarious (more so outside the breeding season) and usually forage in groups . They also forage in mixed species flocks at times, frequently forming the nucleus of such flocks. Unlike most species of Pachycephalidae, social organization and behaviour is well documented for all three Mohoua species; Cooperative breeding has been observed in all three species and is common in the Whitehead and Yellowhead. The three species of this genus are the sole hosts for the Long-tailed Cuckoo which acts as a Brood parasite upon them, pushing their eggs out of the nest and laying a single one of its own in their place so that they take no part in incubation of their eggs or in raising their young.
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