Tui

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Tui are common throughout New Zealand in forests, towns and on off-shore islands. They are adaptable and are found not only in native forests, bush reserves and bush remnants but also in suburban areas, particularly in winter if there is a flowering gum about.

These attractive birds can often be heard singing their beautiful melodies long before they are spotted. If you are fortunate to glimpse one you will recognise them by their distinctive white tuft under their throat, which contrasts dramatically with the metallic blue-green sheen to their underlying black colour.

This particular tui was very possessive of his tree, which is normally full of sparrows. Everytime another bird landed in the tree he crashed noisily through the branches making a right old racket and scared the poor things off! Tuis make the weirdest noises I’ve ever heard a bird make, very distinctive. I was very excited to see this one in the tree behind my house as I’ve been trying (and failing!) to get a decent photo of one for a while now. I struggled with the light as he was hiding pretty deep in the tree branches, this is the best of the dozens I took!

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