According to the website, nearly 19,000 were counted in the country last week which is significantly up on last year although exactly what that means isn’t clear.
This lovely large placid bird (weighing about 3 kg) loves pūriri berries and we often see them in a big old tree of ours. A neighbour also has one. 🙂
“Kererū are the only bird left in New Zealand that are able to swallow and disperse the seeds from our largest native trees such as tawa, taraire, pūriri and matai. Kererū can live for 21+ years and are essential for native bush regeneration. Their disappearance would be a disaster for our native forests.”