New Zealand songbird calls


Professor Dianne Brunton studies the calls of songbirds to learn more about the ecology and evolution of difference species. In this gallery you can find recordings that Professor Brunton had made from New Zealand bellbirds (Anthornis melanura), tuis (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) and saddlebacks (Philesturnus carunculatus).


The importance of songbirds to the New Zealand fauna has long been recognised. In 1770 the botanist John Banks famously observed that '‘...their voices were certainly the most melodious wild musick [sic] I have ever heard, almost imitating small bells but with the most tuneable silver sound imaginable..."

Research connection

Professor Dianne Brunton (Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences) recorded these calls as part of her research into the behaviour and evolution of native New Zealand songbirds.