New Zealand Pigeon (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae)

Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Hemiphaga
Species: novaeseelandiae

Members' Notes:


On Oct 22, 2012, RosinaBloom from Waihi
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

The New Zealand Pigeon is traditionally a forest dweller, but is sometimes seen in city parks and gardens. Because it has a distendible gape, it is able to swallow large fruits whole. This combines to make the pigeon perpetuate its own food species. The Miro, Matai, Karaka, Tawa and Taraire trees are almost totally dependent on the pigeon for dispersal.
They breed usually between October and January, and their nest is a shallow platform of intertwined twigs. The female lays one smooth, white oval egg, and it is incubated over a period of about 30 days by both parents. Initially, the chich is fed on a creamy protein-rich liquid known as 'pigeon milk' which the parent secretes from the walls of the crop. This is gradually replaced by regurgitated fruit. The chick places its bill insi... read more