Glamorous, greedy, and getting so hammered that it falls out of trees.
No, we’re not talking about your last night out. Honest.
This is the daily life of a bird that has been crowned as the best in New Zealand.
You might not have heard of the kereru, a type of pigeon native to the country, but it has finally received the recognition that its boisterous personality deserves – it has been named New Zealand’s Bird of the Year.
The successful kereru campaign was largely based off the bird’s fondness for getting drunk by eating fermented fruit.
Grandmother detained after toddler is ‘stabbed and put in hot oven’This has led to them falling from trees, while wildlife centre workers have been known to scoop up drunk kereru and help them sober up.
Making its case, the official Team Kereru campaign said: ‘Clumsy, drunk, gluttonous and glamorous, the kereru exudes a charming ennui that’s a nice counterpoint to the industrious verve commonly observed in the bird world.’
Forest and Bird, an organisation that protects New Zealand’s exotic wildlife, runs the annual Bird of the Year competition, which attracted a record 48,000 votes.
The plump bird is known to lose its footing after gorging on rotting fruit (Picture: Getty)
But despite its character flaws the ‘lovable’ kereru won the poll (Picture: Newsflare)This year, Stephen Fry and Bill Bailey got involved, as did Prime Minister Jacinda Arden, but thousands of voters fell in love with the kereru.
Forest and Bird’s Megan Hubscher told the BBC: ‘They have quite a reputation of being large and clumsy and being a bit of a clown.
‘There are a lot of videos around of kereru getting drunk and stumbling around in a comical manner. That’s part of the charm. they’re just very lovable birds.’
Kereru supporters even managed to kick off a bizarre meme war to drum up support.
Team Kereru campaigner Tim Onnes said: ‘New Zealanders have voted overwhelmingly for change and the kererū pledges to honour this groundswell of popular opinion and govern for the many.’
He went on to praise their rival campaigners, but noted that their memes ‘obviously weren’t as dank’.
Unlike some local birds, kererus are found across most of New Zealand and is generally thriving.
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