Story: Large forest birds

Kererū in tree lucerne

Kererū in tree lucerne

Kererū are large, plump fruit pigeons. While their main foods – especially berries – are found on native forest trees and bushes, they also eat some introduced plant foods. Here in Pigeon Bay on Banks Peninsula, a flock is feeding on tree lucerne flowers and leaf buds. This species flowers in late winter, when other kererū foods are in short supply.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Large forest birds - Pigeons – kererū and parea', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 December 2023)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015, updated 1 Aug 2023