Tūī
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The Tūī (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) is a remarkable bird native to New Zealand, known for its iridescent plumage and distinctive, melodic calls. Often considered a symbol of the country's rich avian biodiversity, the Tūī is easily recognizable by the white tuft of feathers at its throat, which contrasts strikingly with its otherwise dark and glossy feathers.

Tūī are medium-sized birds, measuring about 27 to 32 centimetres in length and weighing between 90 to 120 grams. They have a predominantly blackish-blue body with a metallic sheen that can appear green, blue, and bronze in different lights. The most notable feature is the white throat tufts, or poi, which resemble a bowtie. These birds have strong legs and a slightly curved bill adapted for their nectar-feeding lifestyle.

The Tūī primarily feeds on nectar from native flowers, such as kōwhai and flax, using their brush-tipped tongues to extract the sweet liquid. They also consume fruits, insects, and occasionally pollen, making them important pollinators in their ecosystems.

Tūī are known for their complex and varied vocalizations, which include whistles, clicks, and bell-like sounds. They are highly territorial, especially around food sources, and are often seen chasing away other birds. Despite this, Tūī can be social, sometimes forming loose flocks. They are agile fliers and are often observed darting through forests and gardens.

Currently, the Tūī is classified as Least Concern (LC) by the IUCN. Although their populations are stable, they face threats from habitat destruction and predation by introduced species such as rats and stoats. Conservation efforts include predator control and habitat restoration.

The best time to see Tūī is during the flowering seasons of their preferred nectar sources, typically from late winter to early summer (August to December) in New Zealand. They are commonly found in native forests, suburban parks, and gardens.

Animal population
Unknown
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IUCN Classification
Least Concern (LC)
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Geeky Facts about the Tūī

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Tūī can mimic human speech and other sounds.

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Their song repertoire varies greatly between regions.

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The Tūī has two voice boxes, enabling a wide range of sounds.

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