N.Z. Wood Pigeon (Kereru) 51cm

A large, beautiful bird, rich in colour. Easy to locate as they make a distinctive sound when flying and are heavy and clumsy in trees, especially when feeding. The wood pigeon eats fruit and foliage and plays an important part in the NZ forest. It is able to disperse large seeds throughout the forest, being the only bird able to swallow them. After eating the pigeon is often so full it finds it difficult to fly.

The kereru lays one white egg on a platform of twigs in trees and both birds incubate. It may lay up to three clutches each breeding season.

The kereru have been seen in the Puriri trees at the end of The Esplanade and in Crapp Reserve.