16 July 2019 Birds


Exotic bird from North America and introduced into New Zealand in the 1890s. Very common though numbers vary depending on the wetness of the year with the death of many of the poults. A fascinating bird in late winter to spring when the courting procedures are being followed. Large groups move slowly about with the males all strutting, chortling and with their head colours blue at this time of year making them a pleasure to observe.