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Tui

tui

Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae (also known as Parson's bird)

Distribution:

Throughout New Zealand

Habitat:

Native forests and some urban areas where there are sufficient nectar-producing trees

Diet:

Insects, fruit, nectar

Breeding:

November to January

Nest:

Usually in a fork or outer branch of tree. Open nest, woven with sticks and twigs and sparsely lined with softer vegetation.

Eggs:

Two to four eggs incubated for 14 days

Chicks:

Fledge at 11 days and stay together another 10-20 days

Predators:

Humans (in the past), introduced mammals and birds of prey

Conservation status:

Totally protected endemic species

General:

White throat feathers gave them the name parson-bird. Famous for their singing ability, they can sing two different notes at once.

These birds are important pollinators and seed-spreaders in the forest.

Planting food trees such as kowhai, banksia, flax, flowering gum, cherry and coprosma species will encourage the return of Tui to urban areas.