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Kakariki - red-crowned parakeet - Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae | by Steve Attwood
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Kakariki - red-crowned parakeet - Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae

Red-crowned parakeets are medium-sized, emerald green parrots with an obvious red crown. Although they are widely distributed throughout the New Zealand region, and very common on some islands, they are now rare on the two main islands. Red-crowned parakeets occupy a variety of habitats ranging from tall forests to grass and shrublands.

Medium-sized, long-tailed parrots with broad, rounded wings and predominantly emerald green plumage. They have a crimson forehead and fore-crown, and patches of the same colour behind the eyes and on each flank, at the base of the tail. The leading edge of the primary wing feathers are a rich cyan blue of varying extent depending on subspecies. Males are larger than females. Their flight appears to be erratic when crossing open spaces, but they are capable of crossing open ocean in excess of 100 km -


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Taken on August 24, 2014