May 14, 2015 - Kereru, Kukupa, Kuku, or New Zealand Pigeon (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae)

Requested by: schmias

Endemic to New Zealand, these pigeons are important for the seed dispersal of several native species of trees. They are the only remaining species able to swallow the large fruits and spread these seeds. In addition to fruit, they eat other plant materials, such as the leaves, buds, and shoots of various native and introduced plants. Pairs raise one chick at a time in twig nests, feeding them regurgitated “crop milk.” They are classified as Near Threatened due to introduced predators, habitat loss, and hunting.