A tui chick rescued and rehabilitated as part of a conservation programme aimed at bringing native birds back to Hamilton has been spotted close to where it was released and looking healthy.
The discovery has been hailed as exciting news for Waikato Regional Council's Hamilton Halo project, which is attempting to increase the survival rate of tui chicks at key breeding sites in the city.
The tui was one of three chicks rescued after being thrown from their nest in Glenview in November last year.
Therese Balvert, a biodiversity officer at the council, said it was an exciting discovery.''It's great news that at least one of these birds has survived and is doing well. It's also encouraging that this tui has apparently stayed local to where it was released.''
Bird rescue expert Bill Smith reared the trio at his home in Taupiri before they were released in December last year.
Last week, Waikato Regional Council received a photo of a banded tui in Fitzroy and were able to identify it was one of the rescued birds.