Two Maremmas and a Wood Pigeon Kereru

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas.

Me and Nellie looking at something in the old apple tree.

Me and Nellie looking at something in the old apple tree

What do you think We can see?

A New Zealand Naive Wood Pidgeon, called a Kereru.

A New Zealand Naive Wood pigeon , called a Kereru.

About the Kereru:

Since the extinction of the moa, the native pigeon is now the only seed disperser with a bill big enough to swallow large fruit, such as those of karaka, tawa and taraire.

New Zealand pigeon/kererū, Te Awanga, Hawke's Bay. Photo: Pat Sheridan.
New Zealand pigeon/kererū,
Te Awanga, Hawke’s Bay

It also eats leaves, buds and flowers, the relative amounts varying seasonally and regionally, eg in Northland the birds eat mostly fruit.

Kererū are large birds and can measure up to 51 cm from tail to beak, and weigh about 650 gms.

Long-lived birds, they breed slowly. Key breeding signals are spectacular display flights performed mainly by territorial males. They nest mainly in spring/early summer producing only one egg per nest, which the parents take turns to look after during the 28-day incubation period.

The chick grows rapidly, leaving the nest when about 40 days old. It is fed “pigeon milk”, a protein-rich milky secretion from the walls of the parents’ crops, mixed with fruit pulp.  When much fruit is available, some pairs of kererū will have a large chick in one nest and be incubating an egg in another nearby. Fledglings spend about two weeks with their parents before becoming fully independent, but have remained with their parents during autumn and winter in some cases.

http://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-animals/birds/birds-a-z/nz-pigeon-kereru/

IMG_3011Love from Jasper and Nellie, the two bestest maremmas in all the land

Nellie being cute and adorable.

Nellie being cute and adorable.

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4 Responses to Two Maremmas and a Wood Pigeon Kereru

  1. Cupcake says:

    Great find! That bird looks…. Delicious!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  2. fredrieka says:

    wow do they have big poop>?

  3. And they look like they have nice fluffy white tummies like Maremmas. Good choice, birdies.
    Paw waves for a happy day to you!

  4. Kismet says:

    There’s my Aunt Tilly.

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