Story: Large forest birds

Kererū on nest

Kererū on nest

Kererū lay one egg, which both adults take turns to incubate. Their large nests are little more than precariously stacked sticks which sometimes fall apart in the wind, dropping their precious cargo. When food is abundant, kererū may nest up to three times in a season.

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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