Kaka parrots in New Zealand

This video is about a kaka feeding in a tree – New Zealand.

From Wildlife Extra:

Endangered Kaka breed on Maungatautari

28/12/2008 00:00:14

Four Kaka chicks hatch on Maungatautari

December 2008. For the first time in an estimated 50 years, endangered kaka are breeding on Maungatautari – the massive restoration project in the Waikato. Four fluffy white chicks have hatched in the southern enclosure aviary under the watchful eye of parents Wildone and Mia, who are on loan from Auckland Zoo.

“It’s our second reintroduced species to breed on the mountain since the restoration project began and tangible progress toward our goal of returning native wildlife to Maungatautari,” said Maungatautari Trust ecologist Chris Smuts-Kennedy

Nestbound for 60 days

The chicks will remain in the nest for about 60 days – at that stage they are still unable to fly and will climb to the ground where they will flap around for a further few days while their wings develop.

To help the chicks imprint on Maungatautari they will stay in the aviary with their parents until they are six months old. After their release it is hoped that they will remain on the mountain.

Kaka carer Marilyn Mackinder took the chance to check for chicks when she noticed that the female had momentarily left the nest, and was delighted to find them.

Feeding time

Wildlife photographer Phil Brown had to wait in the aviary for another two days for his photographic opportunity. During that time the male fed the female about every 80 minutes and then the female fed the chicks.

10 Kaka released

To-date ten adult kaka have been released on Maungatautari, each spending time in the aviary while they became accustomed to their new home. Some of the previously released kaka are regularly seen in and around the mountain’s southern enclosure and from the 16 metre forest canopy viewing tower.

Takahe, kiwi and kokopu released – kokako, tuatara, stitchbird (hihi) saddleback, robins, rifleman, kakariki and whiteheads to come

Kaka are just one of the species the Maungatautari Trust are reintroducing to the 3,400ha mountain. Takahe, kiwi and kokopu have already been released and over the next few years the Trust plans to reintroduce kokako, tuatara, stitchbird (hihi) saddleback, robins, rifleman, kakariki and whiteheads.

Pest eradication

The southern and northern enclosures on Maungatautari have been pest free since early 2005 and in 2006 a 47km predator proof fence was completed around the forest edge of the mountain. To-date 12 of the 15 pest species on the main mountain have been eradicated with only small populations of rabbits, hares, and mice remaining.

See also here.

Maungatautauri Kaka chicks now 60 days old – Pictures: here.

North Island Kaka Observations Provide Insights on Nutrition: here.

Protecting Argentina’s burrowing parrot colony: here.

Kokako: here.

The island is home to endangered birds including Kokako, Kiwi, Weka and Saddleback and an outbreak could devastate the populations. Mokoia Island has housed a number of endangered species since 1990 and has been a pest-free island since 2001: here.

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