The New Zealand Pigeon, often known by its Maori name Kereru, or colloquially as woodpigeon, is a large and conspicuous part of New Zealand’s avifauna. As pigeons go it is very large, measuring up to 50 cm, and it is one of two species of pigeon endemic to New Zealand. Together with the other, the very closely related Parea of the Chatham Islands, it comprises the genus Hemiphaga. Unlike the rare Parea the Kereru is a relatively common species as does particularly well around Wellington, where they are often seen flying round in search of fruit and leaves.
Kereru or New Zealand Pigeon (Hemiphaga novaseelandiae) are also very attractive birds.
Feeding on very small leaves
Where introduced predators are controlled they even feed on the ground.
They positively shine in sunlight
Sitting on a pot used to boil whale fat in the past
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“Very large”? You’re kidding. They are huuuuuuuge … and also very attractive!
That is a beautiful bird, especially in the sunlight.
I love Columbids and this is an especially gorgeous species!
Yet another reason to visit New Zealand. Those massive pigeons would leave me spellbound.
@Seagullsteve: you have no idea! New Zealand border control officers didn’t want to let me leave the country because my face didn’t match the picture in my passport.