Protecting Kererū

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1921
The year kererū gained total protection
21
The number of years kererū can live
1
The number of eggs laid per clutch
11990
The total number sighted in The Great Kererū Count 2016
 
 

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Planting native trees is a great way to get native birds in your garden. This flowering lacebark was teaming with birds! Silvereyes, female bellbird, pīwakawaka and grey warblers all feeding on the insects in the tree. Kererū also feed on the leaves from the lacebark which is high in nitrogen. ... See MoreSee Less

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Around nine kākā grouped together to try and chase off a falcon with the help of some courageous tui 🙂 - It was perched on top of a large rimu tree watching some kererū in another tree below. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 of 27 kererū I counted this morning around Otari at 8.30am ... See MoreSee Less

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Look at the size of the tail on this kererū (0.0) It was climbing its way through a large tawa tree hunting out ripe tawa fruit. Not many yet, but in a few weeks these trees will be covered in them and kererū 🙂

Kererū are the only NZ bird still living which can disperse tawa and other seeds from similarly large native fruits, our forests would look very different without the help of this key species. Once a seed passes through the kererū it gets coated by a special enzyme that protects it and helps with germination. In fact if you look at mataī seeds these can take years to germinate in a nursery environment whereas once through the kereru’s system the seed will start to germinate within weeks.

The fruit of the tawa is said to have a turpentine flavour. Early māori would put the tawa berries in water, trample them and then steam the kernels for more than 12 hours. These would then be dried and used at a later date, often ground down to make a flour. The berries were also dried and stored, then before using they would be soaked in water and placed in a hangi for several hours until they were soft again ready to be eaten.
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Here it was perched in a coprosma preening itself after being feed. ... See MoreSee Less

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I was greeted by another young shining cuckoo today. The grey warbler on the left was busy collecting caterpillars to feed its giant oversized baby. ... See MoreSee Less

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