Tui in a tree. Tiritiri Matangi island, New Zealand

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Get high resolution version: Tui in a tree. Tiritiri Matangi island, originally uploaded by blather.

Tui – known in English as the "Parson Bird" because of its white ruff. Spotted this on in a tree while on Tiritiri Matangi. They’re quite plentiful on the island, and make lots of noise.They’re clever birds, can can mimic lots of things – including humans and mobile phones – thank to their two voiceboxes! Some of the sounds they make are inaudable to humans – they’re outside our spectrum of hearing. They’re also quite agressive – I did see them involved in many tussles with each other as well as other species of birds on Tiritiri.

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