Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua


Kererū help us maintain New Zealand's native forests. They are not only one of the few bird species that feed on large fruits from native trees but they also travel large distances dispersing the digested seeds from those fruits as they go.

Scientific name: Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae
Other names: native pigeon, New Zealand pigeon, wood pigeon, kereru, kokopa, kūkū, kūkupa, parea

New Zealand Status: Native (Endemic)
Conservation Status: Not threatened

Where they feed: Ground, shrubs and trees.
What they eat: Shoots, leaves, buds, flowers and fruit

Garden types

Kererū are more than twice as likely to be found in rural gardens than urban gardens. Feeding birds won't influence your chances of finding a kererū in your garden.

Garden location

Kererū are most likely to be found in the Northwestern regions of the South Island. They are least likely to be seen in Marlborough and Canterbury.