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Yellow-crowned Parakeet

yellow crowned parakeet

Cyanoramphus auriceps (also known as Kakariki)

Distribution:

Throughout New Zealand, mostly south of Auckland

Habitat:

Large stands of old native forest

Diet:

Fruits, invertebrates, buds, leaves, nectar, seeds

Breeding:

October to December

Nest:

Often in a natural hole in either living or dead trees

Eggs:

Five to nine eggs incubated for around 20 days

Chicks:

Leave the nest at 5-6 weeks

Predators:

Introduced mammals, birds of prey

Conservation status:

Near threatened - survival depends on the protection of native forests and reduction of predators

General:

The male and female of this endemic parrot species look alike.

They differ from red-crowned kakariki in the patch of coloured feathers on their forehead, and their diet includes more insects. They may interbreed with the red-crowned ‘cousins’.