Bellbird

Maori Name: 
Korimako
Scientific Name: 
Anthornis melanura
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20 cm; Male 34 g, female 26 g. Green bird with a short curved bill, slightly forked tail, and noisy whirring fast and direct flight. Adult male olive green, paler on underparts, head tinted with purple gloss; wings and tail dark bluish black, except for yellow patch at bend of folded wing; eye red. Female browner with narrow white stripe across cheek from bill and bluish gloss on forehead and crown. Juvenile like female, but with brown eye and yellowish cheek stripe. Song varies regionally but always loud clear liquid ringing notes, without grunts and wheezes. Alarm call a rapidly repeated harsh scolding ''yeng, yeng, yeng''. Habitat: Native and exotic forest, scrub, farm shelterbelts, parks and gardens. Breeding: Sep-Feb.

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