Wood Pigeon (Kereru)
HabitatWood 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.
IdentificationWood 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.
LinksWikipedia, NZBirds.com, Natural Heritage Series, Dept of conservation, Kereru Awhina Conservation Project
SummaryIn 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.
Unusual photo of a Wood Pigeon drinking from a creek.
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