Kōrero: Small forest birds

Tūī collecting honeydew

Honeydew is a sweet, sticky substance excreted by scale insects, which live in large numbers on the trunks of beech trees. It is an important food source for tūī and bellbirds when nectar is in short supply. This tūī is collecting honeydew drops from fine, hair-like tubes that protrude from each insect. Introduced common wasps compete with birds for this food.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Christina Troup, 'Small forest birds - Honeyeaters – bellbirds and tūī', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/video/12478/tui-collecting-honeydew (accessed 9 April 2020)

He kōrero nā Christina Troup, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015