Wood Pigeon (Kereru)


Habitat

Wood pigeons are forest birds however they also visit peoples gardens when you have some plump, juicy berries. They are found all over NZ although numbers have dropped considerably.


Identification

Wood pigeon are large pigeons with grey, blue, red and green almost translucent plumage above the white breast. They are often very fat, particularly around breeding time however in winter they lose alot of this size.


Links

Wikipedia, NZBirds.com, Natural Heritage Series, Dept of conservation, Kereru Awhina Conservation Project


Summary

In the bush you are more likely to hear wood pigeons then see them. They make a strong fluttering noise when flying away from people, sounding as if they are having tremendous trouble flying however they are very quiet fliers when they don't feel threatened.


Wood Pigeon
Wood Pigeon


Wood Pigeon



Wood Pigeon
Unusual photo of a Wood Pigeon drinking from a creek.




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