Tui and flax

a gorgeous blue winged tui perching on a red-flowering flax tree branch (NZ)

Kiwi Bird -- the icon of NZ my new home. For those of you who don't know before man arrived in NZ  there were ONLY birds and one mammal a bat!!! Then this little guy thrived , sadly he is now protected due to dropping numbers. I was surprised to learn some species are as large as chickens !!! I always thought they were tiny.

Kiwi are flightless birds endemic to New Zealand. At around the size of a domestic chicken, kiwi are by far the smallest living ratites and lay the largest egg in relation to their body size of any species of bird .

Favorite Tui video

Tui the African Grey has a Tantrum. When parrots attack! Parrot gives a verbal bashing

Pukeko

The Pukeko. There were some of these living alongside wild roosters in Albany Village, which was near where we were staying. There are similar-looking birds in Florida (where we live now) called American Purple Gallinules.

Learn a little about the role the Pukeko plays in Maori culture.

The Pukeko. There were some of these living alongside wild roosters in Albany Village, which was near where we were staying. There are similar-looking birds in Florida (where we live now) called American Purple Gallinules.

Tui

NZ bird calls open this site and you can listen to the beautiful birds. True my melodic. Skip down past ocean birds to hear the bush birds. They're prettiest. Also morning chorus is typical of NZ early morning sounds.

Kiwi are flightless birds endemic to New Zealand, in the genus Apteryx and family Apterygidae. At around the size of a domestic chicken, kiwi are by far the smallest living ratites and lay the largest egg in relation to their body size of any species of bird in the world.There are 5 recognised species, all of which are endangered.The kiwi is a national symbol of New Zealand, and the association is so strong that the term Kiwi is used all over the world as the colloquial name for New…

The Kiwi produces the largest egg of any bird for its body size. It is also the only bird with nostrils at the end of it's beak.

Pukeko:

Pukeko:

Tui

The Tui or Parson Bird so called because of the white wattle at its throat. The tui has a great range of song as it copies other birds - especially the Bell Bird.


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