NZ Pigeon/Kereru in kowhai

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Pigeons are creatures of habit with their roosting sites and the resulting pile of poo which builds up beneath the roost provides a diary of what they have been eating. If it had its way the New Zealand pigeon would be an all out fruit eater and in some (mostly warmer) parts of the country it is able to eat fruit all year. Flowers also form part of their diet. But when needs must the pigeon will resort to eating leaves. Around the Auckland area kowhai leaves make up a big part of the diet through the winter months. These don’t look very appetising and a quick look at the resulting pigeon poo will show that they aren’t very digestible either, still looking very much like kowhai leaves.  Enough about pigeon poo. A cheerier thought, the same kowhai tree as above will be looking more like the one below in a few more weeks. Yay spring.

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