Critter of the week: The Karaka Kakariki

DoC's endangered species ambassador, Nicola Toki tells us about Orange Fronted Parakeets or karaka kakariki – one of five parakeets native to NZ.

Orange fronted parakeets are nationally endangered, and are struggling to hold on in the wild (beech forests in Arthur’s Pass) with probably only a few hundred birds remaining there. 

These birds are the rarest of our parakeet/kakariki species.

In the past decade, rat and stoat explosions have wiped out some breeding strongholds and reduced other local populations by up to 85%

Critter of the week: The Karaka Kakariki
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