A Tūī perched on a branch looking to the side.


The Tūī (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) is classed as abundant and where I live that is certainly true. I see and hear them every day, even if I don’t leave the house.

In fact, this photo was taken from inside my house, as it bounced around the Kōwhai tree outside my front window.

They are a bold, and sometimes aggressive bird, which may be why they have been so successful against introduced mammalian predators.

This photo was not taken in the middle of a main road; I don’t want to pinpoint a family home, so it’s in the general area.



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