Tūī are common throughout New Zealand in forests, towns and on off-shore islands. They are adaptable and are found not only in native forests, bush reserves and bush remnants but also in suburban areas, particularly in winter if there is a flowering gum about.
These attractive birds can often be heard singing their beautiful melodies long before they are spotted. If you are fortunate to glimpse one you will recognise them by their distinctive white tuft under their throat, which contrasts dramatically with the metallic blue-green sheen to their underlying black colour.
Did you know tūī are important pollinators? Learn lots of interesting facts about this adaptable and sweet-singing bird.
Although more adaptable than many other native birds, predation and habitat loss have impacted tūī populations.
The return of tūī to an area is often a sign of a successful restoration programme. Effective predator control in various regions around NZ has resulted in a dramatic increase in tūī numbers.
By planting certain native trees and shrubs you can provide a year-round food supply for tūī. Learn other ways you can encourage and protect tūī in your community.
This course helps you to identify the 10 New Zealand forest birds most commonly recorded during five minute bird counts.
Listen to or download recordings of tūī song.
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