Tui

Hear the Tui”s Call What do they look like? • The plumage of the tui can look black from certain angles and in dull light but in the sunshine the feathers positively sparkle with green, purple and bronze iridescent sheens. • Early Europeans called the tui the ‘parsons bird’ because the two white tufts of […]

Tomtit

New Zealand tomtits resemble British robins, but the two groups are not closely related. The New Zealand species belong to the Australian–New Guinean family Petroicidae. Tomtits have large heads, short necks, round bodies and an upright stance. They have short bristles around the bill. All are insectivorous. The oldest known bird lived 16 years, but […]

Silvereye/Waxeye

The silvereye or waxeye (Zosterops lateralis) has a distinctive white ring around its eye. Its Māori name, tauhou, means stranger – it is a recent arrival, first noted in 1832 and established from 1856. It is now abundant all over New Zealand in a wide range of habitats – native forest, scrub, plantations, rural and […]

Shining Cuckoo

Two cuckoo species breed in New Zealand. Both are migratory, arriving in spring to breed and flying north to Pacific islands for winter. Like most cuckoos, both lay their eggs in the nests of other species, which incubate them and then rear the chicks. Shining cuckoo Shining cuckoos or pīpīwharauroa (Chrysococcyx lucidus) breed in Australia, […]

North Island Robin

New Zealand robins resemble British robins, but the two groups are not closely related. The New Zealand species belong to the Australian–New Guinean family Petroicidae. Robins have large heads, short necks, round bodies and an upright stance. They have short bristles around the bill. All are insectivorous. The oldest known bird lived 16 years, but […]

North Island Kaka

The kДЃkДЃ (Nestor meridionalis) is a noisy and sociable bird of the forest. It is related to the alpine parrot, the kea (Nestor notabilis). In 1877 ornithologist Walter Buller wrote of MДЃori catching 300 kДЃkДЃ a day in the Urewera forest, during the rДЃtДЃ blooming season. Today it is estimated that there are fewer than […]

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