NEW ZEALAND PIGEON (Kereru)Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae
Range: Throughout main islands and many off-shore islands.
Habitat: Native forest, including much modified remnants and adjacent exotic vegetation, but rare in beech forest.
Food: Fruit and foliage.
Voice: A soft “kuu”, uttered singly and with fairly long pauses between.
Breeding: November-January. One white egg.
General: A subspecies is present but very rare on the Chatham Islands. Some people are lucky enough to have this lovely bird in their gardens. Fully protected.
I was fortunate enough to come across this beautiful wood pigeon on one of my walks in our rural village in Pukera. He was not the least bit afraid and after taking a few captures I put my camera down and to enjoy this beautiful I sat and observed while he groomed and fed off this plant. They truly are beautiful birds.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Jan 2011 Pukerau Southland New Zealand
Featured 12th Aug 2011
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