Task: Curious Kiwi, a native New Zealand bird, is your tour guide for today. He is going to take you to visit the Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park where many of his aunties and uncles currently live. The bird park is a five hour drive from Dargaville so you hit the road right after breakfast and arrive in Otorohanga at lunch time. As you walk through the birdhouse you learn about the work being done to conserve and protect the native birds of New Zealand. You decide to help out by ‘adopting’ a native animal. Visit the ‘Adopt a Critter page’ on the Otorohanga bird house website to choose one animal to adopt.
The animal I decided to adopt was a Kereru. The Kereru is a native New Zealand pigeon. It had other names like Kukupa and Kuku but were mainly only called that in the north island. Kereru eat flowers, leaves and fruit. They often compete with possums to get their food. The pigeons are commonly found in forests, gardens, reserves and parks.