Te Kaihuia's study of Native Birds in Flatbush and New Zealand.
Kereru are big, chunky pigeons, in fact they are one of the most largest pigeons on earth! They weigh around 650g and their width is about 50 cm. They look green, blue and white but in the sunlight you may see purple feathers. Kereru has a chance of living for 20 years but the usual lifespan is 5 years.
Did you know?:We are also nicknamed kūkupa (Wood Pigeon & NZ Pigeon)
The main enemies of the kereru are mammals they are feral cats, possums, stoats and ship rats. The most common accidents of losing eggs is when mammals attack. Especially when nesting. Being the remaining New Zealand bird to consume large food, it can eat skinks, geckos, eggs and small birds. They mostly eat insects including weta, beetles, spiders and other insects.
Fun Fact!:Our scientific name is Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae
Kereru Sketch and Kenning
Chubby Flier Berry Consumer Tree Stander Seed Pooper Early Riser Noisy Flapper Hatchling Mother Enemy Fighter
Why I Chose The Kereru:
I have never seen a kereru in my life so I wanted to search it up and also do something with those facts. The kereru looks and colours are also interesting.