Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae)
… an endemic passerine bird of New Zealand. It is one of the largest members of the diverse honeyeater family. The name tui is from the Maori language name tūī and is the species’ formal common name. Nectar is the normal diet but fruit and insects are frequently eaten, and pollen and seeds more occasionally. Particularly popular is the New Zealand flax, whose nectar sometimes ferments, resulting in the tui flying in a fashion that suggests that they might be drunk.
Tui are considered to be very intelligent, much like parrots. They also resemble parrots in their ability to clearly imitate human speech,and are known for their noisy, unusual call, different for each individual, that combine bellbird-like notes with clicks, cackles, timber-like creaks and groans, and wheezing sounds. Some of the huge range of tui sounds are beyond the human register. Tui will also sing at night, especially around the full moon period…
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(images: T - Matt Binns, BL - Skenneally, BR - Tony Wills)