The bird is perched high on a strong branch, turned looking back towards the photographer. Behind is dense foliage.


The Kākāriki (Red-crowned Parakeet, Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae) is the less common of the two mainland parakeets of Aotearoa New Zealand.

They are not common in the lower North Island where I live, but do inhabit nearby Kāpiti Island and have been released in Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne, where this one was photographed.

I’ve seen plenty of photos of them there, but this was the only occasion I have actually definitively identified one and I only got this single photo. It was above the steep final section of Lake Road.







2 responses to “Kākāriki”

  1. plam Avatar

    Pretty good ratio! I have a lot of poor kākāriki pictures. Matiu/Somes Island in the morning is a good place to see a lot of them. I think you have to stay overnight to see the best.

    1. Allister Jenks Avatar

      I actually now have TWO great photos of Kākāriki — both taken in Zealandia, and the other one looks rather a lot like this one, even though it was taken in a completely different part of the park.

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