Kakariki or Yellow crowned parakeet

Latin name Cyanoramphus auriceps
Class Aves
Order Psittaciformes
Family Psittacidae
IUCN status Near Threatened
Habitat Forests
Distribution Endemic to New Zealand

General information

Kākāriki are parakeets native to New Zealand. The birds' Maori name means "small parrot". There are three different species in New Zealand and the ones we have here at the Zoo are Yellow-crowned Parakeets. 

All three are primarily bright green but with differing facial markings. Yellow-crowned Parakeetshave a red band fronting their golden crown. When their wings are spread in flight, they are bluish-purple. The males of this species are larger than the females. The females can also be distinguished from males as their bills are disproportionally smaller.

Kākāriki have become endangered due to a loss of habitat following human settlement and nest predation by introduced mammals, such as rats and stoats. Scarce on the mainland, they have survived well on outlying islands.

They are small parrots with big personalities, intelligent and curious. 

Diet: seeds, fruit, flowers, leaves, shoots and invertebrates.

Lifespan: 15-20 years.