- Conservation status
- In some trouble
Friends who squawk together stay together. Kākā could be the gossip queens of the forest, as they are often in large chattery congregations. Numbers are increasing near Wellington but avoid sharing bread and crackers with them. The best way to support them is to plant a native tree so you can share the tree sap and nectar.
SKRAAK! Kākā are handsome raucous parrots, brownish/khaki with huge hooked slate coloured beaks, impressive talons, grey feathered heads, a brassy flourish behind their dark button eyes, and a coppery blush on their cheeks. They are impressive fliers, and seen from below you will notice their red under-wings. They are often high in the tree tops. Thanks to predator control their distribution is increasing, and they are now seen regularly in our major cities. If you haven't spotted them, you may have heard them; loud SKRAARKING, high fluting, or cackling in the tree canopy. Vote kākā; they've never won before! #KākāBirdOfTheYear2022
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