Sings once while appearing to inspect a small kowhai tree that does not yet have any flowers. Then goes across street to flowering eucalyptus and sings some more. Make.
Singing in flowering banksia.
The blur is a bellbird scrap ... one stands all nonchalant next to them. They honestly went on like this entwined and on the ground for a full two minutes! There were around 5 other bellbirds calling all around them. I videoed it.
They only broke it up because I was within arms reach and thats when I noticed one had its legs clamped to his opponents chest and the other had a leg clamped over it's rival's beak... hilarious. "Fight Club".
Bellbird on Tiritiri Matangi
Male, feeding on tagasate. Two tui were also feeding in the same bush; one of the tui had chased off a male korimako earlier.
The New Zealand Bellbird (Anthornis melanura), also known by its Māori names Korimako or Makomako, is a passerine bird endemic to New Zealand. It has greenish colouration and is the only living member of the genus Anthornis. The bellbird forms a significant component of the famed New Zealand dawn chorus of bird song that was much noted by early European settlers. The explorer Captain Cook wrote of its song "it seemed to be like small bells...