Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Native Birds of New Zealand

Native Birds
New Zealand

Tui - One of the finest songsters in the New Zealand Forest.  Identified by the white feathers at its throat.

Bellbird - So named because of its bell-like call.

Wood Pigeon - This beautiful plumaged bird once formed a staple item of early Maori food.

Kea - A New Zealand Mountain Parrot  which lives above the forest line and is well known by trampers for its comical antics and inquisitive nature.

Kiwi - New Zealand's national bird, the flightless Kiwi is seldom seen in daylight, preferring to forage for its food at night in dense forest.

Red Crown Parakeet - Rare on mainland New Zealand, normally found on offshore islands living in the native bush.

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