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Parson Bird

Prosthamadera novaezeelandiae

Tui are great song birds and mimics, and their varied songs are heard throughout the forest,  at any hour of the day, and even night. They are quite pugnacious and will defend food sources against all comers, including  kaka. They take insects, fruit when available and nectar, although I don’t often see them working honey dew. They will often be seen chasing insects on the wing over beaches and along the forest edge.

Size 300 mm






The delicate lace work feathers around the neck and distinctive throat tuft




In full song, which is above my auditory range at times, but then they will drop an octave or two and become audible. 




Dipping for nectar and thus pollinating flax




Feeding a family of 3




Feeding continues until the youngsters are quite large




Butterlies and other insects are taken on the wing, as well as off tree trunks and branches.


Tui Song

Stewart Island Electricity is generated using diesel fuel

Sails Ashore is Solar Powered

 But we now produce 100 % of our electrical needs, and are completely "Off Grid", Excess electricity is used to heat our domestic hot water and central heating system and this has cut our non renewable heating fuel usage to around 20% of pre solar.. All cooking is electric, no more LPG.  See More .......

Kowhai Lane is also Solar powered,

Kowhai Lane is "Grid Tied" Excess production is used to heat water. Production beyond the house requirements is exported, thus cutting diesel use in the wider grid. At night Kowhai Lane Lodge receives power from the grid.

Like Sails Ashore, all cooking is electric,,,,, No LPG



Sails Ashore, Kowhai Lane & Sails Tours

11 View Street,
Stewart Island, 9846

+64 3 219 1151
Email: tait@sailsashore.co.nz
Web: www.sailsashore.co.nz