Monday, November 11, 2013

More about the Tui

As you all know by now, the Tui is a New Zealand endemic and a member of the honeyeater family of birds, hence its name in French: Méliphage tui. I like the Tui for the white plumes on its breast, which caused the early British settlers to call it Parson Bird; for its acrobatic way of feeding, typical of honeyeaters; and for its vocalisations, beautifully captured in the accompanying video. I guess I also like it because I have seen one and you haven't!

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