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Kereru (New Zealand Native Pigeon)

Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae
Kereru (New Zealand Native Pigeon)

Range

They are found in New Zealand and on small islands nearby.

Habitat

They live in lowland forests.

Body Traits

They are large grayish-green birds with a white chest, sides, belly and legs. They can be more than 18 inches long.

Habits

Because of their diet of berries, they help spread seeds in the forest. Their predators are all introduced species like rats, cats, possoms and weasels (stoats), which eat their eggs and young.

Diet

They eat seeds, buds, flowers and berries.

Reproduction

Males fly a display to attract a mate. Females lay 1 egg and both parents warm it (incubate) and protect it for a month.

Kereru (New Zealand Native Pigeon)

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Hemiphaga
Species: H. novaeseelandiae

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