Tui feeding on flower nectar of New Zealand flax

on 29th January 2015

“Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) is a honeyeater endemic to New Zealand. It appears black with a characteristic white lace collar formed by white feathers. The black feathers appear iridescent when seen from different angles. A pair of white feathers at the throat gives away its identity even when viewed from an unfavourable light angle.

“It is a rather noisy bird with varied vocalization. Like the lyre bird of Australian fame, it is capable of imitating other sounds it has been exposed to – from other bird songs to mechanical sounds generated by man.

“This bird was seen feeding on nectar from the New Zealand flax (Phormium sp.) at Waitangi Park, Wellington. Pollens from the flax flowers dust its forehead an orange colour.”

Teo Lee Wei & K
Singapore 24th December 2014

Note: Image by Johnny Wee

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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