Poe Bird, a tenuirostral bird of the subfamily meliphaginm or honey eaters, and the genus prosthemadera (Vig. and Horsf.). The bill is long, curved, acute, slightly notched at the tip; wings moderate, the fifth and sixth quills equal and longest, the third and fifth more or less notched in the middle of the inner webs; tail long, broad, and rounded on the sides; tarsi short and stout; toes elongated, the outer united to the middle; tongue long, capable of being protruded, ending in a pencil of fibres of great service in extracting honey and insects from flowers. The poe bird, or tui (P. Novce Zealandice, Strick.), is a native of New Zealand and the Auckland islands; it is about the size of a thrush, of a fine glossy black, with green and violet reflections; on each side of the neck are two small tufts of white loose feathers, elegantly rolled in spirals; these tufts have been compared to a pair of clerical bands, which, contrasting with the black color of the body, have obtained for it the name of parson bird.
It is imitative, restless, and pugnacious, singing with sweet whistling notes; the flight is noisy and heavy; the food consists of flies and other small insects, worms, and the sweet juices of fruits; its flesh is said to be delicious; the nest is made in shrubs, of twigs and moss, and the eggs are four. It is called in New Zealand the mocking bird; in confinement it learns to speak long sentences with ease and fluency, and imitates a bark, mew, cackle, gabble, or any other sound. There are several allied species, like the friar bird of Australia (tropido-rhynchus corniculatus, Lath.), whose notes resemble particular words, and the pogonornis cincta (Dub.) of New Zealand, which has remarkably long erectile tufts over the ears.