Kaka


Habitat

NZ has two species North Island and South Island Kaka however they are only really plentiful on offshore islands where predators aren't an issue. They prefer lowland thru to mid level forests and do best in well established forest.


Identification

Kaka are largish parrots with strong curved beaks. Kaka are similar to Kea in appearance however they are more of a greyish brown colour with a redish underbelly. While lacking some of the intelligence of the Kea they can still figure out how to open jars and remove tent pegs.


Links

Wikipedia, Dept of conservation, NZBirds.com, TeAra Encyclopedia, Zealandia


Summary

The kaka plays second fiddle to the more "in-your-face" and slightly larger Kea. While not common they are doing well on offshore conservation islands and have established themselves well in Zealandia, a fenced reserve in Wellington on the mainland.


Kaka
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