Kereru / Woodpigeon
How unforgettable is the whoosh of the bold and beautiful Kereru flying through the bush and crash-landing into a tree? Imagine a century ago seeing 100 of these beauties powering together through the skies. The Kereru is literally our only bird left big enough to disperse the seeds of our largest native trees, so they’re a life saver for the likes of Tawa and Karaka. Once upon a time plump Kereru made tasty eating for Maori but they’re now protected, giving them the cheeky nickname ‘illegal tegel’. Who doesn’t need a Kereru in their life?
Makes a great gift for someone with loads of mana or a foodie friend.