Birds in New Zealand
Today I'm going to tell you about birds in New Zealand. Some of them are very funny I reckon and I will show you some pictures so you can tell me if you agree or not with me.
My favourite is the Pukeko, one of the few New Zealand native birds to have flourished since the arrival of man. It can be found in almost any grassland area, especially in swampy locations. Groups will often be seen foraging for food in road-side areas.
With their bright blue plumage and red beaks, they easily stand out against the New Zealand greenery, particularly when their white tail feathers begin flashing in alarm. You'll find their images on all manner of art and craft works. Ask any visitor to New Zealand what bird they remember most, and they will more than likely answer, "The Pukeko!"
The most famous bird here is, of course, the kiwi!!!! I didn't know anything about this animal until I came here. Then, I saw it in a zoo because it is quite difficult finding it. In fact it is a nocturne bird!
The kiwi is the sole survivor of an ancient order of birds including the now extinct moas. A flightless bird about the size of a domestic fowl, the kiwi has coarse, bristly, hair-like feathers. Females are larger than males.
Using its excellent sense of smell and flexible bill, the kiwi feeds on worms, insects and grubs, supplemented by leaves, berries and seeds.
Here below there is another funny sign I found.......it means you have to pay attention because there could be kiwi birds crossing the street!!
I have never seen the Kokako, a bird that belongs to the endemic New Zealand wattlebirds (Callaeidae), an ancient family of birds which includes the North and South Island saddleback and the extinct huia.
The kokako is the only member of its family still surviving on the mainland. A dark bluish-grey bird with a long tail and short wings, it has a pair of brightly coloured, fleshy "wattles" extending from either side of its gape to meet below the neck.
The North Island kokako has blue wattles, while the South Island kokako has orange or yellow wattles. The bird is not particularly good at flying and prefers to use its powerful legs to leap and run through the forest.
The Tui is another famous bird of New Zealand and it is also known as the parson bird due to it's white throat feathers and dark plumage. It is one of the best known and loved birds of Aotearoa because of it's beautiful song and habit of visiting gardens to feed on nectar. Both the male and the female sing and it is an adept mimic.
Well, these are the most popular birds here and I hope you enjoyed seen them.
I can't believe time is getting by so fast and I still have so many things to tell you!!! I hope I will have the time to do that!!!
Thank you again for all your comments!
Ernesto, do you know my name??? Ahahahah..
Thank you Paco and I like trams as well. I've been in Zurich, Switzerland, and I really enjoyed trams there. I think it is one of the most means of transportation (is it a correct English Simon?) in that city.
Here in New Zealand people use a lot of chilli I have to say, dear Anita. I know it is not an herb but comparing with Italy here everything has to be tastier and hot. They use a lot of coriander too and many Asian and Indian spices.
I promise I will show you pictures of landscapes next time Christine so that you can have a better idea of all this stunning Country.
There are heaps of roundabouts in Italy but we drive on the right side, Fuji, so it is been quite difficult at the beginning here!!! Fortunately I didn't give up and now I am very confident to drive here. I am just worried to go back to Italy!!!
I am very sorry Silwal but I won't show pictures of other people apart from me if they don't want to. I hope you understand. Thank you anyway for your comment!
Filippo, I have a good friend in the same area of you and with your name as well.....world is very very small...don't you think so?
Also in Italy there is the same proverb, Habooba. Thank you so much!!!
Thank you to all of you for your comments!!!! It's nice having so many readers!
See you next time and have a wonderful day
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