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Antipodes Island Parakeet

antipodes island parakeet

Cyanoramphus unicolor (also known as Kakariki)

Distribution:

Antipodes Island group, southwest of New Zealand

Habitat:

Dense tussock grassland, sedge areas

Diet:

Leaves, seeds, berries, flowers, carrion

Breeding:

November - January

Nest:

A tunnel dug under tussock usually

Eggs:

Up to five eggs incubated for 28 days

Chicks:

Fledge at 5-6 weeks and are fed for another week by their parents

Predators:

None at present

Conservation status:

Vulnerable, as the islands are small and the population is at risk if predators or disease reach them and protected.

General:

The largest of the native kakariki, this is the only New Zealand parakeet with an entirely green head. It has yellow-green on its chest to under-tail, blue on flight feather edges.

Monitoring, trapping of pests, habitat recovery and limited human access protect the plants and animals of our predator-free islands.

Although forced to be ground-dwellers, these parrots are good fliers.

It nests in deep burrows and does not form flocks.

The Antipodes Island Parakeet is the world’s most southern parrot.