Why Tui are bought to New Zealand Bird RescueWe get a lot of Tui brought to our centres. In the spring we receive chicks and juveniles, which have fallen out of nests, been orphaned or caught by cats. Tui babies are often mistaken for Myna babies so it is important that they are bought to a centre so that they can be identified for what they are - their diet is very different from a Myna chick. We also receive a lot of adult Tui which have flown into windows, been caught by cats, caught in Parapara Trees, which results in them being covered with seedpods and a very sticky substance or having been involved in fights (as Tui are very territorial they can get into aggressive fights – in some instances we have received reports of them fighting to the death).
Rescue Tips:If you find a sick or injured Tui it is best to get it to your nearest rescue centre as soon as possible.
- Pick up the Tui using a towel, this protects you from the sharp claws and protects the bird’s feathers.
- Generally most birds need a hot water bottle filled with hot tap water to keep them warm.
- It is very important to notify the rescue centre of where the Tui was found, this is because they are territorial and it is extremely important to return them back to where they were found.