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NEW ZEALAND WOOD PIGEON ( Kereru ) :
ENDEMIC : one closely related sub-species in the Chatham Islands. ( fully protected )
FIELD CHARACTERISTICS : large, distinctively coloured irridescent green with coppery reflections, white underparts – heavy flight with loud swishing of wings, spectacular rising and falling nuptual flights in spring.
DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT : throughour New Zealand, now mainly restricted to native bush. Unfortunately in some districts poaching still occurs – feeds on young leaves, the flowers and fruits of native trees – has adapted to introduced plants and feeds on lucerne, clover, willows and plums etc.
BREEDING : mainly in Nov. & Jan – nest : is flimsy structure of twigs in trees and shrubs.
EGGS: one, pure white.
Photograph taken from my back garden, Paihia, Bay of Islands. Tree the bird is in is a Taiwanese Cherry.
fuji HS10 at 32mm, 1/340, f/5, ISO 100, mode – sports.