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Red-crowned Parakeet

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Alternative name: Red-fronted Parakeet; not to confuse with the two species Pyrrhura roseifrons from South America and Cyanoramphus saissetti from New Caledonia

Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae


[edit] Identification

Green body with prominent red crown and spot behind the eye. Leading edges of primaries are blue. Gray bill.

[edit] Distribution

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.

[edit] Taxonomy

One of the three species commonly known by the Maori name of Kākāriki. The other two are the Yellow-crowned Parakeet and the critically endangered Orange-fronted Parakeet.
Reischek's Parakeet was formerly considered to be a subspecies of this species.

[edit] Habitat

They are found in mature native forest only, staying high in the canopy and nesting in old holes in the trees.

[edit] Behaviour

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