Variations on the New Zealand parakeet / kākāriki

Red Crown NZ parakeet
top: Red Crown NZ parakeet on Codfish Island, photo credit Maggie Evans

There are five main species of kākāriki, and in a previous post about gains made in native bird populations I really only touched on the return of the yellow-crowned species to the West Matukituki valley in Mt Aspiring National Park.

Now thanks to Maggie Evans of Maori Point Vineyard I’ve been able to post a couple of her pictures [not had much luck myself] – one recently taken near Aspiring Hut in the West Matukituki Valley of a yellow-crowned, and another of the rare [on the mainland] red-crowned from Codfish Island taken a few days ago.

Yellow crown NZ parakeet
Yellow crown NZ parakeet ~ photo credit Maggie Evans