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Saturday, March 10, 2012

#163 Red-crowned Parakeet

Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae
IUCN Redlist: Vulnerable
Location: Tiritiri Matangi Island, New Zealand
Time: 1200 NZDT March 9, 2012

The red-crowned parakeet, or kakariki (the Maori name for several related species, also used for the colour green) is one of at least 8 species of parrot native to New Zealand. It was formerly considered conspecific with the Norfolk Island, New Caledonian and Reischek's parakeets, which have now been granted full species status. The subspecies from the Chatham and Kermadec Islands are also sometimes considered full species, while the extinct Lord Howe Island subspecies is sometimes considered a subspecies of the Norfolk Island Parakeet, and the two together have been dubbed the Tasman Parakeet.


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