July 7, 2017 – Yellow-crowned Parakeet, Kākāriki, Kakariki, Yellow-crowned Kakariki, Yellowcrowned Parakeet, or Yellow Crowned Parakeet (Cyanoramphus auriceps)

These parrots are endemic to the forests of New Zealand. They eat seeds, fruits, buds, flowers, and some invertebrates, foraging high in trees, usually in pairs or large flocks. Nesting in tree cavities, females lay two to nine eggs on a bed of rotten wood, incubating them alone, while males feed them. They are classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN due to deforestation and introduced predators such as cats, rats, and stoats, as well as a high rate of hybridization with the Red-crowned Parakeet and disease.


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