prosthemadera novaseelandiae

My eldest daughter shares her name with a gorgeous New Zealand bird, so I sent her this painting as a Christmas gift.

The tūī is a boisterous, medium-sized honeyeater, with blue, green, and bronze colouration and a distinctive white throat tuft. Tūī are known for their noisy, unusual, sometimes soulful calls, different for each individual, that combine bellbird-like notes with clicks, cackles, timber-like creaks and groans, and wheezing sounds. They can imitate human speech, along with sounds like glass shattering, car alarms, classical music and advertising jingles.

Merry Christmas, Tui!

Photo reference by Sid Modsell, used under Creative Commons 2.0

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