It is likely that you have heard the whoosh whoosh, crash! of the clumsy kererū landing in a tree before.
The kererū plays an important role in dispersing the seed of large native stone fruit. Since the extinction of moa, the kererū is the only bird large enough to swallow the fruit of karaka, miro, tawa and taraire.
This bird can be found munching on berries or flowers in the Botanic Garden ki Paekākā and other bushy areas of the city.
Unlike the other birds on this list, the tauhou is a fairly recent addition to New Zealand. More commonly known as the silvereye, they are a self-introduced species which travelled here from Australia in the 1800s.
The translation for tauhou is ‘stranger’ or ‘new arrival’, reflecting its short history in Aotearoa.
Today, this little ball of feathers is widespread in Pōneke. It can be spotted both in suburbs and parks around the city.
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