Yellow-crowned Parakeet

Cyanoramphus auriceps (also known as Kakariki)

yellow crowned parakeet

Distribution:

Throughout New Zealand, mostly south of Auckland

Habitat:

Large stands of old native forest

Diet:

Fruits, invertebrates, buds, leaves, nectar, seeds

Gestation:

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.

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’.