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Red-crowned Parakeet

red crowned parakeet

Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae (also known as Red-crowned parakeet, Kakariki)

Distribution:

Scarce on New Zealand's two main islands, widespread on the smaller island

Habitat:

Forest, scrub lands, open areas

Diet:

Seeds, nectar, fruit, buds, invertebrates

Breeding:

October to December

Nest:

Often in a hollow tree branch or a hole in a decaying tree, usually lined with only powdered wood, although sometimes feathers or dry plant material are used

Eggs:

Five to nine eggs laid over 1-2 days and incubated for around 20 days

Chicks:

Eyes open at 10 days, fledge at 5-6 weeks

Predators:

Introduced mammals, birds of prey

Conservation status:

Totally protected endemic species

General:

A serious pest to crops and gardens in the 1870s-1880s, numbers have steeply declined due to forest clearing and culling by humans, as well as predation by mammals such as stoats.

Competition by introduced birds further reduces numbers.