Kereru, NZ Pigeon
New Zealand Status: Endemic
Conservation Status: Not Threatened
Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae exhibits some variation in colouration but in general the upper parts of adult bird are 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. The bill colouration varies from uniformly red to red with a paler red or orange tip. The feet and eyes are crimson. Fledglings and juveniles have duller plumage with the underparts often being a smudgy white-grey with a ragged demarcation between the dark and white feathering.
Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae inhabit a wide variety of forest types including podocarp-broadleaf, beech, and native forest regenerating after logging, especially those with an understory and/or stream sides of native shrubs and trees. They also occur in farmland shelter belts, small forest remnants, exotic plantations, and urban parks and gardens. Foods include buds, leaves, flowers and fruit from a wide variety of native and exotic species.
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