Small numbers of kākā, a native parrot, are found in Northland. Along with the kākāriki, another native parrot, the kākā is threatened by forest clearance and competition for food from introduced pests. The kākā nests in hollow trees, making it easy for predators such as stoats, rats and possums to eat its eggs and chicks. Here, a kākā emerges from a nesting hole in a tree trunk on Hen Island, one of the Hen and Chickens group near Bream Bay.
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