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September 19, 2010

A New Zealand Tui

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This is a photo of a tui, one of New Zealand’s native birds. The tui is a very good mimic and each tui has its own repertoire of sounds. Some copy farmers whistling for dogs and others have been known to copy humans speaking. They can sound quite guttural with clicks and song. This is one native bird that has managed to adapt well. It gathers nectar and is quite bossy. A tui also has a distinctive white tuff of feathers on its neck.


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  1. Eileen

    Beautiful bird, I love its color. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lucinda

    That’s an interesting pattern across it’s back. I’ve never seen anything like that.
    I need to start putting that copyright notice on my pictures. Good idea.

  3. Debby

    What abeautiful bird! Ireally enjoy your pics. Thanks

  4. Shelley Munro

    Normally a tui looks black, but the light in this photo shows off its gorgeous colors. We don’t have many native mammals down here in NZ, but we have some very interesting birds, many of which are flightless.

  5. Amy W.

    I love you! I’m a terrible friend. I’ll write to you soon but real life has been hectic lately. New book tomorrow? This week?

  6. Shelley Munro

    Hey, Amy! Yes, The Spurned Viscountess is out in in few hours. It’s very exciting. :grin:

  7. Heidi Shafer-Wilson

    What a beautiful bird…can they survive anywhere else?
    What other kind of birds are there?

  8. Heather

    What a beautiful bird!