Widely introduced around the world. About 1,000 birds were introduced into New Zealand in the 1860s. A few nest in the arboretum by buildings or in holes in tree trunks. The great flocks from Gisborne pass by on the way home from the mountains to roost in the palms and various trees around the city. Flocks descend on us to feed on Prunus laurocerasus and the Prunus cerasifera ‘Pissardii’ when the fruit is ripe.