Blogging from A-Z: Letter T





New Zealand names:


Tūī are unique (endemic) to New Zealand and belong to the honeyeater family, which means they feed mainly on nectar from flowers of native plants such as kōwhai, puriri, rewarewa, kahikatea, pohutukawa, rātā and flax. Occasionally they will eat insects too.

They are important pollinators of many native trees and will fly large distances, especially during winter for their favourite foods.

Tūī will live where there is a balance of ground cover, shrubs and trees. They are quite aggressive, and will chase other tūī and other species (such as bellbird, silvereye and kereru) away from good food sources.

Tūī perched on a harakeke / New Zealand flax. Photo: © Sabine Bernert.


They are the only surviving members of the order Sphenodontia, which was well represented by many species during the age of the dinosaurs, some 200 million years ago. All species exept for the tuatara declined and eventually became extinct about 60 million years ago.

Tuatara are therefore of huge international interest to biologists. They are recognised internationally and within New Zealand as species in need of active conservation management.

Tuatara with banding. Photo: Paul Little (DOC use only).

21 thoughts on “Blogging from A-Z: Letter T

  1. We love the theepotjes of Rosina Wachtmeister and the other little one with all the colors, Trompie. That birdie sounds quite interesting too. Have you gave him my address 😉 Extra Pawkisses 🙂 ❤


        1. Dis eintlik daardie manier waarop die twee katte inmekaar geverf word wat eie aan die kunstenaar is. Jou katte sal enig in sy soort wees as jy dit gebruik. Sal heel oulik lyk! Hang ook af waarvan potjie gemaak is. Net die baie bontetjie is gebak die ander is blik potjies.


    1. Hul lyk nogal baie na Ouvolk. Hul word egter heelwat groter en is meer groen. Ek het een gesien agter glas. Die fotos is egter op my ou rekenaar en ek was nie lus om te gaan grawe nie.(Sal seker tog maar n plan maak want ek het mooi fotos in die reservaat geneem.)

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      1. Ek moet iemand huur om my fotos uit te sorteer. Elke persoon in hierdie huis hardloop met ‘n kamera rond en ons stoor dit op twee “external drives”, maar daar is letterlik duisende. Ons gaan die beste onder die beste moet uitsoek en klassifiseer.


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