Saturday, May 8, 2010

Topsy Turvy Tui

The Tui is a New Zealand Honeyeater, related to the Australian species. He sups the nectar from flowers - like these purple fuschias, pictured here. Also known as the Parson Bird, ebcause of his white bib. He is an extraordianry mimic, and has a most musical song often interspersed with cellphone noises, car horns and sirens when he lives in an urban environment. They have also been known to mimic human voices.

This fellow is destined to make the looooong flight to Kazakstan.