Dunedin is a kereru ''hot spot'', an online survey of the
native wood pigeons has found.
The national survey by Forest and Bird asked people, to
report wood pigeon sightingson a website.
Kereru Count co-ordinator Ann Graeme said results were
similar to the first survey held last year. Otago, Wellington
and Auckland were ''hot spots''.
People reported 377 kereru sightings in Dunedin, 416 in
Wellington and 462 in Auckland.
''The results indicate kereru are doing well in some urban
centres, particularly those with established gardens and
forest remnants. This reflects the abundance of food.''
The most common native plants eaten by kereru were puriri,
cabbage tree and karaka, results showed; the most common
non-natives plums and tree lucerne.
Results would be shared with councils and conservation groups
including Dunedin's Project Kereru.