glossy black body; white tuft of neck feathers (New Zealand; 2005-06-22)

Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae

Native Range: Australian Region

Notes: this rather peculiar-looking honeyeater is endemic to New Zealand; seemingly very intelligent, as caged birds can learn to imitate human speech (much as do parrots); also issues many vocalizations in nature; males are highly territorial; inhabits dense forests where its short wings give it excellent maneuverability in flight.

decurved bill; note again the white neck tuft (New Zealand; 2005-06-22)