Yellow-crowned Parakeet

Maori Name: 
Kakariki
Scientific Name: 
Cyanoramphus auriceps
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Male 25 cm, 50g Female 23 cm, 40 g. Long-tailed bright yellow-green parrot of native forest. Crown golden~ yellow; forehead and band from bill to eye red, and small patch on sides of rump crimson; violet-blue on wing coverts and some outer flight feathers. Orange fronted colour phase is plainer green, lacking yellow; forehead and band from bill to eye orange. Flight fast and direct, with rapid wingbeats. Flight call a rapid highpitched chatter. Habitat: Native forests; rare orange-fronted phase is seen mostly in North Canterbury. Breeding: Oct-Feb.

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