Portrait of colourful adult tui bird on New Zealand flax
Portrait of colorful adult tui bird on new zealand flax. The tui or Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae is an endemic passerine bird of New Zealand, and the only species in the genus Prosthemadera. It is one of the largest species in the diverse Australasian honeyeater family (Meliphagidae), and one of two living species of that family found in New Zealand
Artist by Nature: Art and Photography by Mandy Hague, Whakatane.
Last Friday I visited a spot on the river a little further down than my usual post. There was a couple of shags fishing and after I sat down to observe a few more arrived. Two were Little Shags (with white on them) and three were Little Black Shags. The Little Black Shags arrived singly but teamed up to hunt as a group which was interesting to watch. The Little Shags were more independent and one quickly made himself known as the boss and privvy to the best spot on the rock, pushing the…
Tūī are unique (endemic) to New Zealand and belong to the honeyeater family, which means they feed mainly on nectar from flowers of native plants such as kōwhai, puriri, rewarewa, kahikatea, pohutukawa, rātā and flax. Occasionally they will eat insects too. They are important pollinators of many native trees and will fly large distances, especially during winter for their favourite foods.
Master of the blooms.
Tui Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae is the master of the blooms. Sophora microphylla kowhai Fabaceae Bird pollinated flowers tend to be large, colourful, often tubular and secrete copious nectar. The inflorescence of kowhai is composed of many florets, each with their characteristic golden-yellow petals.
New Zealand Birds Online – 1 million hits | Te Papa’s Blog
The website New Zealand Birds Online is a collaborative project between Te Papa, Birds New Zealand and the Department of Conservation. It was launched in June 2013, and use of the site has continued to grow since, with just over 1,900 visits to the site per day at present. TheRead more