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Bellbird (Anthornis melanura) korimako

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Meliphagidae
Genus: Anthornis
Species: A. melanura
Binomial name: Anthornis melanura
Common names: New Zealand bellbird, korimako, makomako

Anthornis melanura is a widespread species of passerine bird unique to New Zealand. It is the only living member of the genus Anthornis. It is found throughout the three main islands and many of the offshore islands including the Auckland Islands. Mammalian predators, such as rats and stoats, keep their numbers low.
The females are dull olive brown, with a slight blue sheen on the head and a pale yellow cheek stripe. The males are an olive green, with a purplish head and black outer wing and tail feathers. The bellbird's song comprises three distinct sounds resembling the chiming of bells.

For more information on Anthornis melanura visit: http://www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/native-animals/birds/birds-a-z/bellbird-korimako/

The New Zealand Bellbird, Korimako, is well known for its bell-like song and beautiful dawn chorus.
Hear their song on a recording made by Tony Palmer

 


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