Feel good Friday!
We just want to say how awesome it has been that we have been able to re-home so many adult cats lately.
Thanks to you all for liking and sharing the posts that have helped to find awesome forever homes for these kitty's.
The ARRC team. :) ... See MoreSee Less
Kereru, NZ’s native wood pigeon, have exquisite iridescent green and bronze feathers with a white vest and may be found in most lowland native forests in NZ. Their strong wings have a noisy beat which has a distinctive sound in our forests. They are large birds and can weigh up to 650 grams.
Kereru are regularly brought into ARRC for care of injuries that they sustain when flying into windows. This includes broken wings and collar bones. Occasionally people bring in orphaned juveniles that we rear. Kereru are generally hardy and although it can be difficult to get them to eat in hospital, they usually make good recoveries and can be returned back to the wild.
They eat leaves, buds, flowers and fruits and are the only disperser of large fruits like the karaka and taraire making them an invaluable link for the regeneration of our native forests and the preservation of our native trees.
Kereru populations in some areas are under threat due to habitat loss, hunting and predation by rats, stoats, cats and possums that may eat their young or eggs. Possums also compete with kereru for food and devastate forests by consuming new shoots. They are a protected species and may not be hunted.
How you can help
•Help to control predators by looking after your cat responsibly: feed good quality food, desex and ideally keep them at home
•Plant native trees for kereru to feed on like miro, titoki, tawa, fuchsia, kōwhai, five-finger, pate, pigeonwood, taraire, puriri, wineberry and tree lucerne and preserve our natural forests
•Don’t hunt kereru
•If you find an injured bird, call ARRC 07 578 7054 ... See MoreSee Less