This tui bird is a hand puppet that makes the actual sound of the New Zealand tui bird when pressed. It's head also swivels and is controlled from inside the puppet.
It measures 23cm tall.
- Click on the Play Button to Hear the Sound of the Tui Bird, this is the actual sound the puppet plays.
About the Tui
The tui is a member of the honey eaters, possessing a brush tipped tongue to collect nectar from flax etc. It also feeds on insects and defends it's territory aggressively. The tui is a noisy bird in flight and in song. It has striking iconic melodies mixed with croaks squeaks and all manner of sounds. It is also a clever mimic of other bird calls. The tui appears black but, on close inspection, is various iridescent greens with a reddish brown back topped with a white flecked shawl. Most characteristic are two white tufts on its throat that earned it the name the parson bird.
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