Definition of tui in English:
A large New Zealand honeyeater with glossy blackish plumage and two white tufts at the throat. Also called parson-bird.
- Prosthemadura novaeseelandiae, family Meliphagidae
- In addition to the tui, another New Zealand species of honeyeater, known as the bellbird for its clear, bell-like call, commonly opens mistletoe flowers.
- Furthermore, when the bellbirds, tuis, kaka, and native insectivorous birds attempt to feed on native invertebrates, they again face competition from wasps, which devour spiders, caterpillars, ants, bees, and flies.
- Bell-birds and tuis - forest birds in the nectar-feeding family called honeyeaters - have brushlike tongues that enable them to lap up honeydew drops easily.
mid 19th century: from Maori.
Definition of tui in:
- US English dictionary
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