Hi, Today we had the most beautiful visitor to our back garden. A gorgeous Kereru feasting on one of our far too small for him/her Kowhai trees. Unfortunately he/she then flew into our window at what I can only assume was a great speed based on the sickening thump. We won't be having that visitor to our yard again 🙁 I can only assume the reflection from the forest on the window was the culprit. The window is actually under a roofed patio, so I'm not sure how it didn't see the roof at least. I'm heartbroken. Do you have any tips to stop this happening again please? ... See MoreSee Less
Kererū play a vital role in dispersing native seeds through our forest ecosystems. Over 70% of plants in New Zealand's woody forests have fleshy fruit that is eaten by birds. Chemicals in our native birds’ digestive systems help to weaken the tough coats around these seeds. Birds often fly far away from the parent plant and disperse the seeds in their droppings. Trees that produce the largest fruit – miro, pūriri, tawa, taraire and tawapou – rely on kererū because it has such a large, wide beak to eat the fruit.
Kererū on the left in the video demonstrates the process!
Learn more about the various ways of seed dispersal:
South Titirangi Road - August 2017