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Snapshots: Birds in Brief

Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)


Song Thrushes (Turdus philomelos) were introduced from Europe into New Zealand in 1862-1878. They were released in both main islands and spread quickly. They are now widespread throughout mainland New Zealand, being found in a variety of habitats from sea level to the subalpine zone, including urban parks and gardens. Song Thrushes are generally secretive and inconspicuous. They feed on a mixture of invertebrates and fruits, obtaining most of their food from the ground. The Song Thrush in the accompanying photograph, taken at Brooklands in November, was gathering earthworms which it was feeding to young in a nearby nest.

David Medway



New Zealand pigeon or kereru (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae) eating loquat fruit


The loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) is a small evergreen tree native to China and Japan. Three mature specimens grow in Pukekura Park on the hillside between the Fernery and the Bandroom lawn. Their large yellowish fruits ripen from late November through December when they are sometimes eaten by the New Zealand pigeon or kereru (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae).

Photo: James Harmsen



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