“The Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) are honey-eaters (Family Meliphagidae) with a beautiful lacy collar made of white feathers. Two white feathers on the throat set off well against a black body that is iridescent when viewed from different angles.
“The clips show two different tui birds, one from Auckland and the other from Wellington, singing their regional versions. They are good imitators and possess a wide repertoire of sounds. Individual birds from the same area also sing slight variations of songs.
Teo Lee Wei & K
21st December 2014
Note: Image by Dr Eric Tan