Red-crowned Parakeet

Maori Name: 
Kakariki
Scientific Name: 
Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae
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Male 28 cm, 80 g; Female 25 cm, 70 g. Very like the Yellow-crowned Parakeet but larger and with red crown, forehead and band from bill to behind eye; rump patches crimson. Flight direct and rapid, often above the canopy, or sideslipping through the trees. Flight call a rapid loud chatter, lower-pitched than Yellow-crowned Parakeet. Habitat: Rare in native forests on the main islands but common in forest and scrub on Stewart I and many predator-free offshore and outlying islands. Breeding: Oct-Mar.

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