26 November 2013

Kereru...

The Kereru is a very large wood pigeon that is native to New Zealand.  
They are one of the largest pigeons in the world, 
weigh 650 grams and are 51 cm long.
Mia Bella Gardens Aviaries had the privilege
 of temporarily caring for one who had flown into a window and stunned itself.
It took a few days to recover, 
but he was soon released back into the native bush area near where he was found.
Here is a painting by New Zealand artist Craig Platt 
showing the Kereru in its natural habitat.
They are eating the berries from a nikau palm.
For more information about the New Zealand Native Wood Pigeon (Kereu)
visit