Starting from top left to right, these are the birds I've chosen to get us started.
- Kākāriki is a nice introduction. The children already know Kākāriki means 'green' in Māori so it's not a difficult name to remember. (Kākāriki = red-crowned parakeet)
- Pīwakawaka - chosen because they are such a common bird really. There's every likelihood you'll see them wherever you are in Aotearoa. (Pīwakawaka = Fantail)
- Ruru - our native owl. Owls are a recognisable bird so I figure it's an easier bird to learn at this stage. (Ruru = Morepork)
- Tūī - a beautiful songbird that imitates other birds' calls and has glossy-black plumage and two white tufts at the throat. We hear them at home here, but get a better sighting of them when we're at nana and koro's; probably because their trees are closer to their house! (Tūī = Parson Bird); and last but not least
- Kiwi - chosen because the children already know this bird. This flightless, nocturnal bird is of course our national symbol. (Kiwi = Kiwi)
Thanks for dropping by
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