Antipodes Island Parakeet

Cyanoramphus unicolor

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Antipodes Island group, southwest of New Zealand


Dense tussock grassland, sedge areas


Leaves, seeds, berries, flowers, carrion


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.


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.


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.