Boy oh boy has Lamai been busy! We can barely keep up with all the wonderful new aviary additions. The collection covers an ever-expanding range – from local favourites to New Zealand marvels, it now includes unique birds from Europe and America as well. Here’s a look at the latest:

Tropical king parrot

Weaving in and out through the tree trunks, the majestic king parrot loves to exhibit its splendid scarlet red head and belly and emerald green wings. This cheeky male can be seen peering playfully from a smattering of tropical foliage.

Kiwi bird

An iconic addition, no New Zealand bird collection would be complete without the kiwi. The kiwi is a unique and curious bird: it cannot fly and has no tail, instead utilising its sturdy legs to get around on the ground, while wispy dusting of hair-like feathers closely resembles a mammal’s coat – making it a master of camouflage.


Cloaked in stunning green, blue, turquoise and orange plumage, oftentimes all that can be seen of the magnificent kingfisher is a bright flash of colour from branches above the river or forest floor. This one is a rare spectacle indeed, allowing the viewer to appreciate his lustrous plumage in all its glory.

Blue tit

With a distinctive plumage featuring blue cap, white face, yellow underparts and dark lines through the eyes, this little Eurasian blue tit can be seen fleeting with its friends between wooded forests, farmland hedges and suburban gardens.

Rose robin

The tiny rose robin boasts an eye-catching rose-coloured breast which contrasts beautifully against the rest of its feathery grey plumage. You’ll have to look twice to spot this guy as he seldom stays still, darting out from a perch in pursuit of flying insects with an aerobatic, tumbling flight. 

Kirtland’s warbler

One of the largest and rarest of American warblers, the Kirtland’s warbler spends its summers in the jack pine forests of northern Michigan and Wisconsin and winters in the Bahamas. Whatever the weather, its white eye-rings, thin white wingbars and black side spotting look forever dashing against its blue-grey upper and lemon yellow breast.

July 11, 2019 — Milena Tsitovitch