Story: Large forest birds

Kererū feeding a fledgling

Kererū feeding a fledgling

A kererū chick leaves the nest well before it reaches adult weight. The parents feed it away from the nest for several weeks after it has fledged – even though they may have renested. The fledgling (left) looks almost full size, but still has a shorter tail than the adult feeding it.

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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