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Antipodes Green Parakeet

 (Cyanoramphus unicolor)

Also known as: Antipodes Parakeet, Antipodes Island Parakeet, Antipodes Unicolor Parakeet, Uniform Parakeet

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Antipodes Green Parakeet
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Did You Know?

The main diet of the Antipodes Green Parakeet is leaves, which are chewed; piles of chewed foliage still attached to the stem of the plant are a sign of feeding.

Academic Research

Related publications: Cyanoramphus unicolor

Species Profile

Genus: Cyanoramphus | Species: unicolor

Size:

30cm (11.7 in)

Weight:

Not available

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Both adults olive/green plumage; bright emerald green crown and face; breast and abdomen more yellowish; outer web of flight feathers blue; green tail, edged with green/yellow. Bill silver/grey with dark grey tip. Eye orange/red.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adults but with shorter tail. Bill pink/white in youngsters. Eye pale brown.

Call:

Described as resonant and penetrating - kok-kok-kok-kok. Similar to calls of other Cyanoramphus sp. but much deeper in tone.  Also soft chattering.

Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

Lexicon of Parrots
Birds of New Zealand
AvianWeb

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Antipodes Green Parakeet
© Peter Halasz via Creative Commons

Did You Know?

The main diet of the Antipodes Green Parakeet is leaves, which are chewed; piles of chewed foliage still attached to the stem of the plant are a sign of feeding.

Academic Research

Related publications: Cyanoramphus unicolor

Species Care

Captive Status:

Apparently not kept outside of New Zealand.

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

3.5 x 1 x 2m (11.5 x 3.3 x 6.5 ft) enclosure.

Diet:

Green leaves such as: Swiss chard, dandelion, chickweed, lettuce, sowthistle; small seed mix such as: hemp, millet, canary seed; limited sprouted sunflower seed; fruit such as: apple, pear, banana, cactus fruits, oranges; vegetables such as: carrot, celery, green beans, peas in pod, corn on cob; small amounts of clean mealworms; vitamin and mineral supplements; commercial kibble if taken.

Enrichment:

Provide with unsprayed flowering branches with buds, provide bowl for bathing. If possible, soil for digging.

Nest Box Size:

Not available

Clutch Size:

2-5

Incubation Time:

Possibly 19 days, as with other Cyanoramphus sp.

Fledging Age:

Possibly 5-6 weeks, as with other Cyanoramphus sp.

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

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Antipodes Green Parakeet
© Peter Halasz via Creative Commons

Did You Know?

The main diet of the Antipodes Green Parakeet is leaves, which are chewed; piles of chewed foliage still attached to the stem of the plant are a sign of feeding.

Academic Research

Related publications: Cyanoramphus unicolor

Species Wild Status

World Population:

2000-3000

IUCN Red List Status:

Vulnerable

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

The accidental introduction of predators is a threat to this species.

Range:

Found on Antipodes Islands, New Zealand.

Habitat:

Is found in dense tall Poa littorosa tussock grasslands, open scrub and Carex sedge. Also in areas of prickly fern and Coprosma antipoda scrub. Commonest on steeper slopes and near water.

Wild Diet:

Eats leaves, seeds, berries, the carrion of dead penguins and petrels and the eggs of seabirds.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Are found singly or in small groups. Feed mainly in morning and before dusk. Birds very tame and inquisitive. Birds bathe in pools and roost in burrows.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2-5 nearly spherical eggs, 26.0 x 23.0mm (1.01 x 0.89 in)

Breeding Season:

October-January

Related Links:

Arkive
Terra Nature

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Antipodes Green Parakeet
© Peter Halasz via Creative Commons

Did You Know?

The main diet of the Antipodes Green Parakeet is leaves, which are chewed; piles of chewed foliage still attached to the stem of the plant are a sign of feeding.

Academic Research

Related publications: Cyanoramphus unicolor

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