French: Méliphage tui German: Tuihonigfresser Spanish: Mielero tui
Merops novae Seelandiae
J. F. Gmelin
Nova Seelandia = Queen Charlotte Sound, South Island, New Zealand
Subspecies and Distribution
P. n. novaeseelandiae
(J. F. Gmelin, 1788) – Kermadec Is (Raoul I); New Zealand and many inshore islands, including (around North I) Hen and Chickens Group, Mokohinau Group, Great Barrier, Little Barrier, Noises and Tiritiri Matanga and Kapiti I and (around Stewart I) Ruapuke I and Muttonbird Group; Auckland Is.
P. n. chathamensis
E. J. O. Hartert, 1928 – Chatham Is (Pitt, Mangere, Rangatira; recently re-established on main island of Chatham#R).
27–32 cm; male 62–150 g and female 58–105 g (nominate), male 89–240g and female 89–170 g (chathamensis). Large honeyeater with sturdy,... read more
Both sexes utter loud, complex and highly varied songs, including rich, liquid warbling notes, bell... read more
Mainly mixed, often dense podocarp-broadleaf, podocarp-broadleaf-beech or podocarp-beech forest,... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly nectar or honeydew, also invertebrates (mainly insects) and fruit seasonally; occasionally seeds and pollen. On Tiritiri Matangi I,... read more
Season spring-summer, onset of breeding likely influenced by flowering of nectar-producing plants, e.g. on Tiritiri Matangi I building... read more
Apparently resident, but described also as partly migratory; movements possibly largely local.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread on North I, in N & W of South I and on Stewart I; more scattered elsewhere in New Zealand. Abundant in Kermadec Is (... read more
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