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Tui

Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae

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A large, dark nectar feeder endemic to New Zealand. Easily distinguished by two curled white feather tufts (“poi”) visible on the throat. Tail and wings have blue, purple, and green iridescence. Found throughout New Zealand, including Auckland, Kermadec, and Chatham Islands. Favours native forest and scrub, also venturing into suburban parks, farmland, and rural gardens. Absent from Canterbury. Often detected by its unique voice consisting of melodious notes intermixed with croaks, coughs, clicks, and wheezes. Also listen for its noisy whirring flight. Similar to male Eurasian Blackbird, but easily identified by its white throat feathers and iridescence. Song can be easily confused with that of a bellbird, but listen for distinct loud coughs, grunts, and wheezes in Tui song.

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