Tui

Category: Nature

 

Photo and caption by Christopher Fidoe

One of New Zealand's native birds. Previously known as a parson bird because of the white ruff. The Tui has 2 voice boxes, one able to produce a beautiful clear bell like song, the other making unusual squawks and clicks. Pet birds in the early last century (when capture and caging was still allowed) could be trained to speak.

Location: Tiritiri Matangi Island in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf

 

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