Red Crowned Kakariki

Adrian Paul

Coffs Harbour, Australia

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The Kakariki is New Zealand’s most well known parrot especially in captivity. There are a number of species of Kakariki, translated from Maori as “small parrot”, whose natural environment are the islands in and around New Zealand together with the mainland.

The Kakariki was a very common bird in all of its natural habitats until man came along together with the predatory mammals associated with him.

There are two common families of Kakariki, the Yellow Crowned and Red Crowned.

Kakarikis are common parrots in captivity. They are probably the most active of all parrots, seldom staying still, never moving slowly and often seen running up and down the wire of the aviary without using their beaks.
In captivity, the Kakariki is a short lived bird compared to other species of parrot – some will last only 5 years

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