Tūī imitate the songs of other birds, and can also imitate people. The birds were sometimes tamed and taught to speak. They were taught mihi (greetings) which they would recite when visitors arrived, as well as prayers and proverbs. They were often trained to sound like the loud and deep voice of a chief. A Tūī that spoke like this was called a manu rangatira – a chiefly bird. Sometimes a Tūī was named after a tribe’s famous ancestor, and kept by the chief.
- Dimensions (approx.): L/ 27cm W/ 9cm D/ 11cm
- The Tūī is larger than our other species.
- Available in a variety of colours, please note that the colour variants displayed may be of different bird species.
- Cast glass with set screw fitting. Can be mounted on any type of wall. Check out our installation instructions.
- Design service, ask us for composition ideas using multiple birds and a full colour chart.
Stock availability may vary as all of our products are made-to-order. The estimated production time for our birds is 2-3 weeks. Read about our order processing here.