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Tui - Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae | by Steve Attwood
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Tui - Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae

Photographed at Little River, Banks Peninsula..

Tui became locally extinct on Canterbury's Banks Peninsula about 30 years ago. In 2009/2010, with a lot of native plant restoration having occurred in the intervening years, tui were reintroduced to the peninsula. The programme has been a success and this striking songbird is once again seen and heard in the Banks Peninsula forests and even some rural gardens, and the population is increasing.

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Taken on June 22, 2018