New Zealand Bellbird singing at Tiritiri Matangi Island

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The New Zealand Bellbird (Anthornis melanura) is a honeyeater well known for its clear, bell-like singing (above, image by Dr Eric Tan). Their tunes are as varied as dialects spoken around the world. Some of their songs could be mistaken for the tuis’, another honeyeater endemic to New Zealand.

“This particular bird was spotted singing very vigorously for a long time. Due to the lighting conditions, the colour of the feathers is not fully discernible from below the canopy.”

Teo Lee Wei, K & Dr Eric Tan
Singapore
13th December 2013

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