A New Zealand pigeon which has mainly greenish metallic plumage with white underparts and a purplish-crimson bill and feet.
- Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae, family Columbidae. Alternative name: New Zealand pigeon.
- Have I mentioned that my favourite New Zealand bird is the kereru, the native wood pigeon?
- We did see a tui and a kereru in Cornwall Park today.
- There were trees over hanging the pool, and as we lay back we were entertained by a kereru and a tui in the branches.
Late 19th century: from Maori.
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