Whilst working in the back garden last weekend I filmed these tuis dropping by for some sweet treats, namely sugared water. Like clock work they begin visiting the feeders early in the morning and continue throughout the day until about 6.00 pm when it starts to get dark. The weather was at times wet and windy but this didn’t deter the tuis in the slightest.
The last clip was shot from the comfort of our lounge room during a downpour of rain. It’s so nice and relaxing just sitting there watching our feathered friends come and go.
Interesting tui facts.
The Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) is an endemic passerine bird of New Zealand. It is one of the largest members of the diverse honeyeater family.
The name Tui is from the Maori language name tui and is the species’ formal common name. The plural is simply ‘Tui’, following Maori usage. The English name, Parson Bird, has fallen into disuse but came about because at first glance the Tui appears completely black except for a small tuft of white feathers at its neck and a small white wing patch, causing it to resemble a parson in religious attire.