Kākāriki or red-crowned parakeets are one of three species of endemic parakeets found in NZ.
The name means ‘small green parrot’ because of their predominantly green plumage. They make a loud rapid chatter in flight and also chatter and babble when feeding. Such sounds have been regularly heard, especially at the north end of Redwood Bush but they have also been sighted off track.
Kākāriki feed on seeds, fruit and insects among trees but will also forage for food on the ground among the leaf litter. They generally nest in holes in trees.
Article Source: Gil Roper FOTBR Newsletter April 2022