Antipodes Island Parakeet

Cyanoramphus unicolor

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Distribution:

Antipodes Island group, southwest of New Zealand

Habitat:

Dense tussock grassland, sedge areas

Diet:

Leaves, seeds, berries, flowers, carrion

Gestation:

Breeding is between November and January and their nest is usually a tunnel dug under tussock. They have 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:

Also knows as Kakariki, the Antipodes Island Parakeet is the largest of the native kakariki and 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 on 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.