16 July 2019 Birds

Tui, Parson Bird

A protected endemic bird common throughout New Zealand. Tuis are the dominant honey eaters in NZ and can be quite aggressive around their nests and feeding areas and will push other tui and smaller birds out of their territory. A notch on one of the wing feathers produces the distinctive fluttering noise when in flight. Tuis breed in the arboretum, and always a few resident. Many arrive to feed on flowering cherries in season, (sometimes up to 16 in one tree), winter flowering Eucalyptus and also to feed on the Cornus capitata fruit in autumn.