Red-crowned Parakeet

Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae (also known as Kakariki)

red crowned parakeet


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


Forest, scrub lands, open areas.


Seeds, nectar, fruit, buds, invertebrates.


Breeding is from October to December and they nest often in a hollow tree branch or a hole in a decaying tree. They lay 5-9 eggs over 1-2 days and incubated for around 20 days. Chicks open their eyes at 10 days, fledge at 5-6 weeks.


Introduced mammals, birds of prey

Conservation Status:

Totally protected endemic species


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.