Kōrero: Large forest birds

North Island and South Island kākā

North Island and South Island kākā

Kākā are medium-sized parrots which live in forests of all three main islands, and on many nearshore islands. The North Island subspecies (left) is olive brown, and its feathers have darker edges than those of the green South Island birds (right). Kākā have a large pale grey crown, smaller and whiter in the South Island kākā. Both subspecies have a tinge of gold on the cheek, and are crimson under the wings. Males have a longer, more arched bill than females.

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Department of Conservation
Reference: 10053925 (left); 10059450 (right)
Photographs by Ross Henderson (left) and Tui De Roy (right)

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Gerard Hutching, 'Large forest birds - Kākā', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/10581/north-island-and-south-island-kaka (accessed 29 November 2023)

He kōrero nā Gerard Hutching, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015, updated 1 Aug 2023