Kereru, the New Zealand Wood Pigeon



New Zealand wood pigeons are stunning birds. And this one flew about one foot over my head!


  • Great photo Michele.
    Would have recognised him, ours are marginally different.
    Leeds Photo Daily

  • 8 years ago

    This is a stunning bird, but I had to chuckle because from the portal it looked like it was wearing a tank top.

  • 8 years ago

    Such interesting coloring – it looks like it is wearing a little white jumper. The head and wings are iridescent like the rock dove (pigeon) here – although your wood pigeon’s coloring is darker. I’ve just started a bird watching blog to accompany my city daily photo blog so am very hooked on bird photos now. Very nice photo.

  • 8 years ago

    just make sure it doesnt fly overhead, these birds are serious ‘B52’ bombers 🙂 impressive

  • 8 years ago

    Yip, they are power poopers! One actually got the edge of my lens hood (not me thankfully).

  • Gabriel
    7 years ago

    Hi Michele,
    In 1987b I was trekking in the Oxford forest and I saw on top of a branch over my head this stunning vision of a Kereru looking at me with his red eye, He was so wonderful with his emerald green and white feathers with the blue sky background. it let me a very strong emotion of pure beauty
    Your pictures are giving to me this great souvenir.
    Thanks and have a wonderful day

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