Halo: Reach

Halo: Reach Achievements


Killed 7 Moa during the 2nd mission of the Campaign.  

*Must be done on Normal or higher difficulty*
You cannot die as it will reset you kill counter.

Moa are the birds that look just like ostriches. They are two legged creatures that you first encounter on the second mission, "Winter Contingency". You must kill them with bullets. If they are killed by AI fire or grenades. It will not count.

Rate this achievementAverage Rating (Based on 14 votes)
User Comments
Comment #1 by Larry Tanng
Sunday, September 05, 2010 @ 06:13:55 PM

The New Zealand Moa has been extinct since 1500 AD. It must have been preserved by the ancient Forerunners and placed on Reach as well as Earth. Interesting!

Comment #2 by Syder
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 05:20:30 PM

Dont get it after zhe first 7

Comment #3 by cleric_80
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 02:23:00 AM

WTF is a Moa?

Comment #4 by Collier1313
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 03:52:54 PM

They're the birds that look like a mix between an ostrich and a chocobo. You're best bet is to run through the level on easy or normal don't worry about the enemies just run through to the check points and shoot them when you see them. Don't quote me on this but I think there are 10 total so you can miss a few and still get the achievement.

Comment #5 by More_Credible
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 05:31:52 PM

I just wonder why it's called "KEEP IT CLEAN"...?

Comment #6 by Tolwyn
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 11:05:01 PM

I killed about 9 of them and this never popped for me.

Comment #7 by SoulFlame555
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 10:13:55 AM

Found about 14 of these guys throughout the map. Easy cheevo

Comment #8 by Mighty Njord
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 01:45:53 PM

If you die, any Moa you've killed before death dont count towards the 7.

Comment #9 by kiba cheetah
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 05:28:30 PM

i did it on easy and did not die or get the points for this.

Comment #10 by [ Vehemence ]
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 08:37:15 PM

I completed this on Co-Op Legendary, Single on Heroic and ran through it on Easy w/o achievement. The awards I did get were all the way up to get 200 kills without dying. I never died once or restarted the level and I counted at least 15 of them that I killed.

Comment #11 by Dashinleopard
Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 04:14:30 PM

Only kill 7 birds and it will be unlocked.

Comment #12 by CurryADDIKT
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @ 04:47:21 AM

You can't get most Halo: Reach Achievements on Easy. Usually Normal, Hard or Legendary

Comment #13 by Savage13
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @ 07:22:12 PM

I've been through this level on normal, heroic and legendary, killing at least 15 of the buggers each time without getting this achievement. Can anyone confirm that you have to kill seven without dying? What is the deal with this freaking 5 pointer?

Comment #14 by Gator Pin
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 05:20:19 PM

Seriously. I've killed like ten and didn't get anything

Comment #15 by XToastySniperX
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 08:49:30 PM

I believe you can only kill seven; no more, no less. Try that to see if it unlocks.

If not, your best bet is to either forget about it, for possibly it is just a bug.

Comment #16 by takisama
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 @ 04:43:41 AM

Yeah, needs to be on at least Normal difficulty. Also, killing them with a vehicle doesn't count. Be sure to either shoot or melee them to make it count. As soon as you hit 7 it should pop, regardless of how many more you kill.

Comment #17 by The Mayo
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 @ 04:55:50 AM

Yeah when you choose a difficulty, hover over Easy and it says "Achievements cannot be unlocked on this difficulty", so normal or above without dying or running them over

Comment #18 by KillerWolf
Friday, September 24, 2010 @ 11:03:37 AM

That's not the only achiev that doesn't work i got 2 other achievments but did not get the points rewarded for it:s

Comment #19 by KilljaKK
Friday, September 24, 2010 @ 12:59:34 PM

I confirmed that there at least 13 on the entire area. And the achievement unlocks right when you kill your 7th. Just do it on Normal so you can sprint through and get this one over with.

Comment #20 by Karvoc
Saturday, September 25, 2010 @ 06:24:11 PM

response to Comment #5 by More_Credible
It's called Keep It Clean because you're killing things you do not need to,
so fighting "dirty"
Keeping it clean would be killing only the covenant.

Comment #21 by MICHAEL BE BOSS
Sunday, September 26, 2010 @ 03:48:29 PM

very easy achievement. all you need to do is put the difficulty on NORMAL and use your pistol for a 1 shot kill

Comment #22 by TheUglyCasanova
Sunday, September 26, 2010 @ 09:51:27 PM

There's actually about 13-15 of them. I got the achievement and still saw another 5 or so afterwards.

Comment #23 by mudda sulsa
Monday, September 27, 2010 @ 09:59:07 PM

its such a cheap achievment

Comment #24 by Dermpit
Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 08:24:36 AM

its easy just have to pay attention

Comment #25 by chaser711
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 @ 01:07:03 AM

Oh my, talk about animal abuse...

Comment #26 by Crazycatfish11
Sunday, November 21, 2010 @ 06:38:27 AM

I just did it on normal, you have to look for them.

Comment #27 by ImmergingJDOG54
Sunday, November 28, 2010 @ 02:43:38 PM

you cant get achievements on easy

Comment #28 by tspires01
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 12:53:55 AM

did anyone feel bad for killing them?

Comment #29 by XxSHADY FAN36xX
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 01:57:08 AM

WTF I FUKN KILLED EVERY MOA THING ON THE MAP 8 TIMES AND STILL DOEN IT IT PISSSSENM ME OFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment #30 by duyzurich
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 02:00:52 AM

Pain in the butt to hunt them all down, but I didn't seem to have any issues once number seven was taken down.

Comment #31 by astreal2000
Thursday, January 13, 2011 @ 10:36:19 PM

Fun, easy achievement.

Comment #32 by Griffin Maverick
Friday, January 14, 2011 @ 03:57:32 PM

This was easy, just sprint to objectives and shoot from distance with pistol

Comment #33 by cool sk8er dude
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 @ 10:25:01 PM

this is definately the most achievement ever. but i found out that to get it the moa have to be shot. no splatters or beat downs. sux for creative killing.

Comment #34 by Bionickel
Friday, January 28, 2011 @ 09:35:46 AM

This thing is so lame it doesn't even deserve to be called an achievement. I
mean, kill 7 defenceless non-covenant non-flood BIRDS? Thats just sad.

Comment #35 by NotoriousPSC
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 11:34:45 AM

Take THIS Peta!

Comment #36 by xJIMMYxJAZZx
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 02:32:08 PM

There are only a certain amount of Moa on the first level. If you die trying to kill them, your kill count resets. Keep that in mind if you're trying to earn this "achievement."

Comment #37 by Devil Ownpag
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 11:21:06 AM

mission: winter contingency
difficulty: normal or higher
other: no deaths


Comment #38 by mickyblue
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 @ 12:55:07 AM

i hate fucking birds! i loved shooting them! :D

Comment #39 by TheoMachia
Sunday, March 06, 2011 @ 04:27:19 PM

I used the pistol, one shot one kill, and received the achievement on my seventh bird. I think you have to start mission from the beginning and go all the way through, it didn't work when I tried to restart from last save and get seven that way.

Comment #40 by akaMIREX
Wednesday, March 09, 2011 @ 09:33:28 AM

Don't over complicate it! You just nee to kill 7 of the Birds, without dying, on the second mission, on Normal or above, with a gun (not mellee or squashing!).

Comment #41 by DrPlumm420
Monday, March 21, 2011 @ 09:32:32 AM

you dont need to use bullets. i just punched them. its easier since they dont run away when you get near them.

Comment #42 by XxXCOEXxX
Friday, April 01, 2011 @ 11:15:08 AM

moas are a retarded sort of ostrich thing on the 2nd mission

Comment #43 by Litejk
Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 06:56:57 AM


Comment #44 by xUnluckyy
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 07:01:11 AM

I live in New Zealand :)
Was suprised to see Moa in this game.
If Moa were still alive here I would be scared... They are massive.

Comment #45 by darthabyss567
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 05:12:09 AM

when i first saw the name of the achievment i had no freakin idea what a moa was
... :3

Comment #46 by QU1CKSTUFF
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 11:47:54 AM

this is a fun achievement

Comment #47 by CreepierStompp
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 01:40:30 AM

If you kill a MOA with a vehicle it won't count.

Comment #48 by oOo Jay P oOo
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 11:40:10 PM

so easy but i didnt know this was an acheivement and i just finished this level :(

Comment #49 by LKP
Saturday, October 15, 2011 @ 04:00:31 PM

It does count if you kill with a vehicle ^^
and go to alpha checkpoint to find the most moa

Comment #50 by Bozilla96
Monday, November 21, 2011 @ 04:28:03 PM

i felt so sad killing such inoccent birds

Comment #51 by Shizelbs
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 @ 01:40:21 AM

I did get the achievement using vehicle kills.

Comment #52 by CoolDudeClan
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 04:19:52 AM

Those uglys birds on winter contingency, god I hated finding them super easy ach though.

Comment #53 by CBgamer v3
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 02:15:03 AM

This one's frustrating just because they would never stay together they would just scatter whenever I git near them. Finally got it though

Comment #54 by masterchiefP
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 @ 10:43:39 PM

Possibly the easiest achievement in the game.

Comment #55 by Flamingspaid
Saturday, March 03, 2012 @ 01:26:03 PM

This was a fun acheivement to get

Comment #56 by iiSaVaGeiiMNQ
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 01:16:32 AM

they kept on running away from me!!!! lol

Comment #57 by Wired
Sunday, December 09, 2012 @ 05:49:46 PM

For what it's worth... some I killed with bullets, some with plasma repeater. Did this after I beat the game on Heroic and started again on Legendary.

Comment #58 by TREX1979
Friday, March 15, 2013 @ 04:35:38 PM

Did this with all sorts of different guns on normal after I beat the game solo on legendary and got it - u just can't die or restart it looks like u have to kill 7 without dying or restating a check point that's how I got it

Comment #59 by noble7resolute
Sunday, May 12, 2013 @ 01:13:15 AM

these little shits can be hard to find if you let them scatter too far right off the bat

Comment #60 by BunchaWords
Thursday, November 13, 2014 @ 04:43:58 AM

I realize this thread is kinda old, but if anyone reads this:
Does melee-ing them count towards the achievement? I personally find it easier to melee them. Saves bullets.

Comment #61 by DOUG FALCONHAWK
Sunday, March 06, 2016 @ 02:42:58 AM

I will never unlock this achievement. GUESS WHY ? ;-)

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Game Info
Bungie Software


US September 14, 2010
Europe September 14, 2010
Japan September 15, 2010

Backward compatible on Xbox One: Yes
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