KākārikiRed-crowned parakeet

Conservation status
In some trouble

Jewels of the ngahere, kākāriki are emerald green with a striking ruby crown. They nest in cavities such as tree hollows. Mums do all the work building the nest, incubating the eggs, and feeding the chicks, fuelled by a steady stream of food delivery by dad. Kākāriki are pretty rare on the mainland due to the impacts of introduced predators, but on pest-free islands and in mainland sanctuaries they can quickly become abundant. For example, if you live in Wellington, you might spot a kākāriki in your backyard, thanks to the thriving population in Zealandia Ecosanctuary. 

Close up of the red-fronted Kakariki - Credit: Luc Hoogenstein