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Karoro / Black-backed Gull
Laris dominicanus dominicanus
Native. Not Threatened. Not protected.
Even a bird that can be a bit of a nuisance can look gloriously majestic in flight...
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Common Starling
Sturnus vulgaris vulgaris
Introduced.
This bird is holding a stone up with it’s beak to look underneath for anything yummy...
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Song Thrush
Turdus philomelos
Introduced.
This bird is probably nursing a monster of a headache after flying inside and knocking itself senseless trying to exit by means of a closed window. We released it back outside and were a bit concerned initially, but after watching it for a while it seemed to improve markedly. #nz #birds #nzbirds #wildlife #nzwild #d500 #200500mmf56

Pārera / Grey Duck (hybrid)
Anas superciliosa
The bold eye stripe is a indication of grey duck heritage, but the iridescent speculum on the wing is blue (bit hard to see in this shot), which is mallard heritage - Grey ducks have green speculum.
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Pāpango / NZ Scaup
Aythya novaeseelandiae
Endemic. Not Threatened. Increasing.
Pāpango is a stative verb meaning to be dark in colour, somewhat black in appearance. This seems to have gifted the duck it’s name through anthimeria.
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Tūī
Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae novaeseelandiae
Notice the sky shining through a gap in the third feather to the end... this notch on what is called the 8th primary feather can be used by the bird to make a whirring sound in flight. The 4th to 7th primaries have a bulge instead of a notch (which can also be seen). Males have larger wing slots, and the noise making is typically produced when the bird is displaying aggression.
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Tōrea Pango / Variable Oystercatcher
Haematopus unicolor
Endemic. Recovering.
The tōrea is tridactyl, which means it is missing the hallux or rearward pointing toe
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