Kaka

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Kaka
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Nestor meridionalis
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45 cm; Male 525 g, Female 475 g. A large sometimes inquisitive forest parrot with crimson underwings and rump. North I birds are mainly olive brown with darker feather edges; crown paler and greyer; golden wash on cheeks; dark crimson collar, undertail and lower belly. Bill longer and more arched in the male. Juvenile has yellow base of lower mandible. South and Stewart Is birds brighter, and crown almost white. Noisy; many varied calls from liquid whistling notes to harsh grating calls. Habitat: Favours native forest and predator- and possum-free offshore islands, but a few visit gardens and orchards. Breeding: Sep-Apr.

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