New Zealand kaka

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The New Zealand kaka, also known as kākā, (Nestor meridionalis) is a large species of parrot of the superfamily Strigopoidea found in native forests of New Zealand. Two subspecies are recognised. It is endangered and has disappeared from much of its former range.

The New Zealand kākā lives in lowland and mid-altitude native forest. Its strongholds are currently the offshore reserves of Kapiti Island, Codfish Island and Little Barrier Island. It is breeding rapidly in the mainland island sanctuary at Zealandia (Karori Wildlife Sanctuary), with over 600 birds banded since their reintroduction in 2002. From their reintroduction in 2002 the North Island Kākā continue to re-colonise Wellington and a recent report shows a significant increase in their numbers over the last 12 years. source

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