Join The Feast - Stewart Island Wild Wood Pigeon - Kererū

AndreaEL

Gore, New Zealand

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The New Zealand Pigeon or kererū (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae) is a bird endemic to New Zealand. Māori call it Kererū in most of the country but kūkupa and kūkū in some parts of the North Island, particularly in Northland. New Zealand pigeons are commonly called wood pigeons but are not the same as the Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus), which is a member of a different genus. Short youtube clip of the Wood Pigeons eating with the Tui Call in the background. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Nov. 2012 Stewart Island New Zealand

Join The Feast – Stewart Island Wild Wood Pigeon – Kererū*

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The New Zealand Pigeon belongs to the family Columbidae, and the subfamily Treroninae, which is found throughout Southeast Asia, Malaya, Africa and New Zealand. The members of this subfamily feed largely on fruits, mainly drupes. New Zealand Pigeons are members of the pigeon genus Hemiphaga (Bonaparte, 1854), which is endemic to the New Zealand archipelago and Norfolk Island. However recently a Hemiphaga bone was found on Raoul Island. he Chatham Pigeon or Chatham Island Pigeon (Hemiphaga chathamensis) is traditionally considered a subspecies of the Kererū, but is here treated as a separate species. The Kereu is protected under the Wildlife Act and there have been prosecutions for shooting it.
FEATURED NOV. 2012

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