23 October, 2009

New Zealand Bellbird

Scientific Name: Anthornis melanura

Population Estimate: Unknown, but Least Concern status

Range / Habitat: Endemic to New Zealand where found in native and exotic forest, scrub, and artificial habitats throughout the mainland and on Stewart Island.

Field Notes: Olive green passerine with dark face, short curved bill and long tail. Female more brown and with white stripe from corner of mouth. Its song has rich, fluid and resonant notes similar to Tui but without the coughs, clicks, grunts and wheezes.

Personal Notes: Maori name Korimako or Makomako. Seems more prevalent on South Island to us. Will readily come to nectar.

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