The following extract from the Department of Conservation website explains why I am so pleased to have the Kereru in my garden. We spent over forty years on a five acre property in the north but I had never seen a kereru until we moved to Kamo.
"In Northland, the kereru is in danger of becoming locally extinct through the combined effects of predation, competition and continued hunting.
But if the kererū is under threat, so too are our native trees which depend on the kererū as a seed disperser. Fruit is its favourite food, and trees such as the karaka, taraire, tawa, miro and others depend on the kererū to carry their seeds to new areas of forest. The bird's extinction would be a disaster for our forests."
"New Zealand's native pigeon, also known as kererū, kūkū and kūkupa and wood pigeon, is the only disperser of large fruits, such as those of karaka and taraire, we have. The disappearance of the kererū would be a disaster for the regeneration of our native forests.
The kererū is a large bird with irridescent green and bronze feathers on its head and a smart white vest. The noisy beat of its wings is a distinctive sound in our forests. "