Getting invertebrates from the bark.
Habitat - Nature Reserve
How many? - 5
Additional comments? - Group near neactar feeder, chasing less dominant stichbirds away.
Nest present - No
Behavior - Feeding
Heard only, between Mason Bay hut and the beach, near track.
flew across and landed in kanuka tree
He was in as soon as that pesky tui shoved off!
Juvenile bellbird still being feed by "Dad". It was a bit nervous to be photographed.
Juvenile hanging out at the feeder.
bellbird landed and fed on fresh harakeke (NZ flax) flowers; note the dusting of orange pollen on the head of the bellbird in 2nd picture.
Pollen on the forehead?
Anthornis melanura (bellbird). Tiritiri Matangi Island, Hauraki Gulf, Auckland. Photo: © Murray Dawson
The New Zealand bellbird (Anthornis melanura), also known by its Māori names korimako and 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...