French: Nestor superbe German: Kaka Spanish: Kaka
Other common names:
J. F. Gmelin
Dusky Sound, South Island, New Zealand
Subspecies and Distribution
N. m. septentrionalis
L. Lorenz von Liburnau, 1896 – North I and some offshore islands.
N. m. meridionalis
(J. F. Gmelin, 1788) – South I, Stewart I and larger offshore islands.
45 cm; average 550 g. Forehead to nape whitish, lightly edged buff; face brown with broad pinkish flecks that become yellow on ear-coverts; colours of head shade to olive-... read more
The commonest call, typically given in flight, is a very harsh grating “krraah” or “ka-rah”... read more
Remaining areas of lowland and mid-altitude native forest.
Food and feeding
Fruits, including Podocarpus ferrugineus, Beilschmiedia tarairi, berries, seeds (notably of Agathis australis),... read more
Sept–Mar. Nest in large hollow in limb or trunk, also in hollow base of cabbage tree; on Kapiti commonly below 3 m, and the preferred... read more
Birds are partly nomadic, sometimes appearing in areas from which they have been absent for some... read more
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. CITES II. Previously listed as Vulnerable. The species has suffered chronic decline owing to habitat clearance, and mainland populations face further declines... read more
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