The New Zealand Bellbird (Anthornis melanura), also known by its Māori name Korimako, is a passerine bird endemic to New Zealand. The bellbird forms a significant component of the famed New Zealand dawn chorus of bird song that was much noted by early European settlers. The explorer Captain Cook wrote of its song "it seemed to be like small bells most exquisitely tuned". This is the best known of the New Zealand song birds being a member of the honeyeater family. The species is common across much of New Zealand and its offshore islands as well as the Auckland Islands. Alhough predominantly birds of native forest and scrub, bellbirds are also commonly found in parks and gardens where nectar-bearing plants are present.