Story: Large forest birds



The parea is found only on the Chatham Islands. It is even larger than the mainland’s kererū, and was close to extinction in the 1980s. Numbers are slowly increasing, thanks to predator control, and forests being restored and protected from stock. Parea and kererū help the bush regenerate by spreading seeds from the fruit they eat.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Large forest birds - Pigeons – kererū and parea', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 July 2024)

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