HabitatTui are predominantly forest birds however they can be found in wooded urban areas in ever larger numbers. They are the largest member of the honey-eater family and often dine out on honey in the Kowhai flowers in early spring.
IdentificationHandsome birds with a distinctive white ball of feathers on the neck which stands out from the rest of the jet black body and wings with flecks of dark brown and a greenish sheen. The Tui bird-song is one of the more haunting in NZ being similar to a bellbird but with clicks and clacks towards the end of the call.
LinksDepartment of conservation, Wikipedia, Native birds of the NZ forest, NZBirds.com
SummaryTui are one of the better known native birds thanks to their success in urban environments and their distinctive bird-song. They are a relatively large bird who can hold their own against aggressive introduced birds (such as Minah birds) although, like most native birds, their nests are easy targets for rats, stoats and ferrets.
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4 COMMENTS POSTED about Tui
Anonymous: (posted 2011-05-13 15:58:38)
that dont make sence
Matt: (posted 2011-05-14 15:05:08)
True, hopefully reads better now...
Hi: (posted 2012-07-29 00:39:59)
Nitch: (posted 2012-09-17 17:12:16)
Beautiful birds one of my favorite, its a pity my cat left one on the back door step for us. Silly cat.