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Tui

New Zealand native Tui bird.

An intelligent honey eater endemic to NZ. Early Europeans called the Tui the 'Parson Bird" because the two white tufts of feathers at the throat resembled a vicars collar.

Like parrots they have the ability to clearly imitate human speech. The song of the Tui is loud and musical with interruptions of harsh coughs,clicks,rattles,whistles,bell-like chimes,gongs,wheezes and grunts.

New Plymouth, Taranaki, NZ.

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Taken on June 24, 2012