Kupu o te wiki 8/5/17

May 8, 2017

Kupu o te wiki 08-Haratua-17

The kupu this week is: Kereru (care-rare-roo, roll your r’s like you were born in the deep south) NZ wood pigeon.

Kereru can be sighted occasionally flying through the esplanade in Palmerston North. They are big beautiful birds who feed on the fruits and berries from trees such as miro, tawa and karaka. These clever birds help, unknowingly, with forest regeneration, by ‘planting’ seeds complete with fertilizer after digestion 🙂 Another name for them is kukupa (coo-coo-pa).

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