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Green body with prominent red crown and spot behind the eye. Leading edges of primaries are blue. Gray bill.
Endemic to New Zealand, they are now rarely seen on the mainland in the wild, although they are commonly bred in captivity (with a license). Maori hunted them for food and feathers.
One of the three species commonly known by the Maori name of KÄkÄriki. The other two are the Yellow-crowned Parakeet and the critically endangered Orange-fronted Parakeet.
They are found in mature native forest only, staying high in the canopy and nesting in old holes in the trees.
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