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