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Parakeet (Yellow-crowned) or Kakariki

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Cyanoramphus auriceps
Parakeet (Yellow-crowned) or Kakariki


They are found in New Zealand.


They live in beech forests.

Body Traits

They are small, bright green parakeets. They have blue feathers along the outer edge of their wings. They have a small band of bright red above their beak and a yellow forehead.


Predators brought by visitors to the island (introduced species) like rats, possums and weasels (stouts) can climb trees and eat eggs, chicks and nesting females and have made them the rarest parakeet in New Zealand. Clearing of forests has also hurt their numbers.


They eat seeds, plants, and insects (caterpillars and aphids).

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They nest in tree holes high in beech trees. Females lay 5 - 8 eggs and keep them warm (incubate) for 3-4 weeks.

Parakeet (Yellow-crowned) or Kakariki

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