Kereru – New Zealand wood pigeon

It’s that time of the year when kereru can’t resist the sweet new kowhai leaves. This bird stopped by for a snack.


It was soon joined by another and they sat very close together. A nesting pair?


The New Zealand wood pigeon or kereru is the clown of our forests, crash lands in trees, forgets to hang on when it eats upside down and talks with a comical upward ‘hmm’. They are now protected but used to be a favourite meal for Maori and the early settlers. They were often easy to catch. They’d eat so much, they could barely move. My grandfather talked about poking them out of trees with a stick after they’d eaten too many miro berries.

Read more here at NZ Birds Online.

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