Sunday, 18 August 2013

Bird Information - Kea

photo by Christian Mehlf├╝hrer

Kea:
Maori: Kea
English: Mountain Parrot

Family:
Parrots

Breeding:
Spread out - only one nest every 4.4km.
Breed from July to March

Size :
46 - 50cm


Habitat:
Mountains, ski fields, alpine - common in these areas

Characteristics:
Dull green parrot with a bright orange patch under their wings.
Social, mischievous, inquisitive. Often found pulling parts of the cars of people or window wipers.

Birdcall:


Intelligent Kea:

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Tui Bird information

Name: Tui, Parson Bird

Maaori Name: Tui


Family:
Passerine Birds (Native

Scientific name:
Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae

Abundance: This bird is commonly found in New Zealand bush.

Food: Nectar, insects, fruit

Habitat: native forest, scrub, kowhai, gums and flax

Appearance:  20cm

Breeding: 
Endemic
Breeding Sept-Feb

Birdcall:

Bellbird imformation


Name: Bellbird

Maaori name: Korimako

Sientific name: Anthornis melanura

Native


Family: Bird

Breeding: Sep-feb

Origin: Endemic

Food: Insects, nectar, honeydew.

Habitat: native forest, scrub, parks and gardens.

Appearance: Green, 20cm

Bird call:



Picture by Sid MosdellSidPix
Member since 2008

Monday, 5 August 2013

Shining Cuckoo: Pipiwharauroa


Shining Cuckoo  
Image free to use - From Wikimedia Commons


Maori:
Pipiwharauroa


Scientific Name:
Chrysococcyx lucidus


Family:
passerine


Breading:
Aug-Mar

Food:
Invertebrates - insects including poisonous hairy caterpillars and ladybirds.


Habitat:
Forests, gardens, scrub, parks

Appearance:
Green back, striped front, 16 cm

Birdcall:

Great website:
http://www.radionz.co.nz/collections/birds