by Helen Blake
Copyright 2013 Helen Blake
Helen Blake photographed Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) in her yard in New Zealand.
It is a New Zealand endemic, a species found nowhere else on earth but new Zealand.
In Blake's perfectly illuminated photo, you can see the iridescence in the plumage. If she had not caught the light so well, the bird would have looked all black except for the collar of white feathers on the back of the neck.
Tuis are intelligent birds who sometimes imitate human words. Each one has an individual, recognizable call. Now that would be a fun backyard bird.
Birdwatching Dot Com thanks Helen Blake for permission to share her remarkable photo with visitors to our site.