Calling all writers, especially those who wax poetic! If you have a way with words, here's your chance to put pen to paper and try your hand at writing an award-winning piece for us. Find all the details on our contest page.

Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Meliphagidae
Genus: Prosthemadera
Species: novaeseelandiae

Members' Notes:


On Oct 22, 2012, RosinaBloom from Waihi,
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

The Tui - or Parson bird - is renowned for its variable songs. It perches high in the trees with its body feathers fluffed and its tongue partly extended. It is said that it is the first bird to sing in the morning and the last to finish at night. Its feathers are mainly iridescent green with dark bluish-purple, appearing black at a distance, and has a white double tuft of throat feathers.The female looks the same only smaller. It is commonly found in the bush, and also lives in suburban gardens.
They usually nest in the canopy of a tree, and the nest is usually a bulky structure of twigs and sticks with a sparse lining of moss and leaves. The female constructs most of the nest, and builds several close together before laying three or four white or pink eggs with reddish brown spec... read more