Two Tuis on Thursday

In a rare moment of “happy to share” last evening I recorded these two Tuis enjoying the nectar from the Tom Thumb Bottle Brush bush outside the kitchen window.

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The Waxeyes are the birds who visit this large bush most frequently at present but with most Kowhai trees losing their flowers now the Tui are very happy to shift to a different buffet table.

Waxeyes feeding on Bottle Brush bush

Waxeyes feeding on Bottle Brush bush

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13 thoughts on “Two Tuis on Thursday

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Aren’t they a delight? Tui rarely share a tree, bush or food but these two “tolerated” each other for a reasonable time. They may be a breeding pair as one was smaller than the other. They do have a piercing stare!

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    1. ordinarygood Post author

      The birds are very busy at the moment. I couldn’t see their lips move but eye contact was definitely made and both returned to their supping. They must have been hungry as there is usually aggression and chasing.

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      1. ordinarygood Post author

        This bush is laden with tasty treats right now. I do wonder if they were a breeding pair as one was smaller than the other and they were more amicable than Tui normally are.

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Thanks Jo. Tui look black when they fly but they do not have a black feather on their body. It is the iridescence that gives that illusion. They are very beautiful with such interesting feathers.

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