Photo of the Day – Tui Bird

Tui Bird of New Zealand

Tui Bird of New Zealand

The Tui Bird! Quite the singer, the Tui is a member of the honeyeater family and can only be found on the islands of New Zealand. With vocalizations that sound as though a small symphony orchestra is tuning up for a performance, listening to the Tui is a unique experience. Considered to be highly intelligent, these birds have the capacity to exactly mimic human speech. This can be quite unnerving when walking alone in a quiet forest!

This colorful character kept us company for several kilometers as we tramped along the track at Bluff, singing us a new song every time we stopped for a water break. Thanks for the company Tui!

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