Kereru, New Zealand Pigeon
A protected threatened native bird which was in serious decline in the early 1900s from over hunting and clearance of lowland forest. We have nesting birds each season. A strange nest, often no more than a few sticks thrown together. Many more arrive in various seasons to feast on various cherries, crab apples, magnolia flowers and buds of broom, Hoheria, tree lucerne etc. Fascinating to watch a bird soar up in an inverted parabola, reach the top, fold its wings and then swoop down again, often rising for a second soar. These birds are the source of the thousands of seedling cherries to be found throughout the arboretum. They are the major bird responsible for the spread of New Zealand ‘s indigenous flora.