Cyanoramphus auriceps (also known as Kakariki)
Throughout New Zealand, mostly south of Auckland
Large stands of old native forest
Fruits, invertebrates, buds, leaves, nectar, seeds
Breeding is from October to December and they nest in a natural hole in either living or dead trees. They lay 5-9 eggs incubated for around 20 days. Chicks leave the nest at 5-6 weeks.
Introduced mammals, birds of prey
Near threatened - survival depends on the protection of native forests and reduction of predators
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’.