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Kererū (New Zealand Pigeon)

Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae

Description:

This gorgeous endemic Pigeon has a "blue-green, with a purple-bronze iridescence on the neck, mantle and coverts of the wings. The underparts are white with a sharp demarcation between the white and blue-green on the upper breast." (https://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/new... )

Habitat:

Giving me a smile from the tree, near a clear, grassed area in the Botanic Gardens.

Notes:

"Since the extinction of the moa, the kererū and parea are now the only bird species that are big enough to swallow large fruit, such as those of karaka, miro, tawa and taraire, and disperse the seed over long distances. The disappearance of these birds could be a disaster for the regeneration of our native forests." (Department of Conservation) Funny read: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/o...

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2 Comments

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 a month ago

You're welcome Zlatan! Glad you enjoyed :) Liana

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic a month ago

Beautiful bird, great spotting! Thanks for sharing.

armadeus.4
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armadeus.4

Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Spotted on Sep 24, 2021
Submitted on Oct 9, 2021

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