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New Zealand pigeon / Kereru (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae) Tawharanui Reserve, New Zealand. 27 Dec 2016. Geotagged,Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae,New Zealand,New Zealand pigeon,Summer Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

New Zealand pigeon / Kereru (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae)

Tawharanui Reserve, New Zealand. 27 Dec 2016.

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  1. What a treat! That has to be the most beautiful pigeon I've seen yet, both the species and the way it is captured. Posted 6 days ago
    1. Yes that was a great moment. These guys are pretty approachable, they just sit quietly on a branch, a lot more discreet than you'd expect actually. Most of the time, they're back-lit or in deep shade, but here the light hit just at the right moment, and it was perfect. Also, what this doesn't capture is that they are absolutely massive, nearly twice the size of our city pigeons. Posted 6 days ago

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The New Zealand pigeon or kererū is a bird endemic to New Zealand. Māori call it ''kererū'' in most of the country but ''kūkupa'' and ''kūkū'' in some parts of the North Island, particularly in Northland. Commonly called wood pigeon, they are distinct from the wood pigeon of the Northern Hemisphere, which is a member of a different genus.

The New Zealand pigeon belongs to the family Columbidae, and the subfamily Treroninae, which is found throughout Southeast Asia, Malaya, Africa.. more

Similar species: Pigeons And Doves
Species identified by Thibaud Aronson
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By Thibaud Aronson

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Uploaded Feb 16, 2017. Captured Dec 27, 2016 15:11 in 1181 Takatu Rd, Tawharanui Peninsula 0986, New Zealand.
  • PENTAX K-3
  • f/4.5
  • 1/1000s
  • ISO1600
  • 300mm