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Tasman Parakeet

 (Cyanoramphus cookii)

Also known as: Norfolk Island Parakeet, Green Parrot, Norfolk Island Green Parrot

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Tasman Parakeet
© Luis Ortiz-Catedral

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The Tasman Parakeet feeds in trees, and also on the ground.  They sweep leaf litter aside with their feet, looking for seeds.


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Species Profile

Genus: Cyanoramphus | Species: cookii

Size:

30cm (12in)

Weight:

100g (3.5oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Adults bright green with light yellow wash underparts.  Forehead, crown, lores and patch behind eye red.  Upper wing coverts green.  Primary coverts and outer webs of primaries violet-blue. Under wing coverts yellow-green.  Red patch on either side of rump.  Tail above dark green with yellow edges, under tail dusky grey.  Bill blue-grey.  Eye red.  Female slightly smaller, less red behind eye, smaller bill.

Colour Juvenile:

Eye brown.  Tail shorter than in adults.  Red markings on head less apparent.

Call:

Loud kakakakaka, kek-kek-kek, or kek-kik-kek.

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More Information:

Wikipedia
Avibase
Research: The Norfolk Island Green Parrot and New Caledonian Parakeet are distinct species

Content Sources:

CITES
Lexicon of Parrots
Internet Bird Collection
A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998.
Research: Foraging ecology of the world's only population of the critically endangered Tasman Parakeet...
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
ML Media Collection Catalogue 8507, Norfolk Island Parakeet Cyanoramphus cookii, Gostling, Pat, Mt. Pit Reserve, Palm Gully, 1972, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site

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Tasman Parakeet
© Luis Ortiz-Catedral

Did You Know?

The Tasman Parakeet feeds in trees, and also on the ground.  They sweep leaf litter aside with their feet, looking for seeds.


Programs & Projects

WPT has worked with numerous partners to help save this species. Learn more

Academic Research

Related publications: Cyanoramphus cookii

Species Care

Captive Status:

Over 600 chicks were banded during 1985-2007, most of which were bred and fledged from the national park's assisted wild breeding programme. Not seen in other aviculture.

Longevity:

10 or more years

Housing:

Walk-in aviary, minimum length 3m (10ft)

Diet:

Small seed mix such as: canary, millet and smaller amounts of oats, buckwheat, safflower and a little hemp; limited sunflower seed; spray millet; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; seeding grasses; rearing food made from hard-boiled egg, wholegrain bread, and carrot, all ground to crumbly consistency; complete pellet.

Enrichment:

Love to climb, therefore provide ladders, ropes and swings; not a vigorous chewer. Provide large flight for exercise. Provide areas for bathing. Loves to scratch around on ground.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 8" x 8" x 14" (20.3cm x 20.3cm x 35.5cm)

Clutch Size:

1-8

Incubation Time:

21 days

Fledging Age:

44 days

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Tasman Parakeet
© Luis Ortiz-Catedral

Did You Know?

The Tasman Parakeet feeds in trees, and also on the ground.  They sweep leaf litter aside with their feet, looking for seeds.


Programs & Projects

WPT has worked with numerous partners to help save this species. Learn more

Academic Research

Related publications: Cyanoramphus cookii

Species Wild Status

World Population:

50-100

IUCN Red List Status:

Near Threatened (as conspecific with C. novaezelandiae)

CITES Listing:

Appendix I

Threat Summary:

Clearance of forests before 1950, for timber, agriculture and pasture and the degradation of foliage has severely reduced suitable habitat and nest-sites. Nest-site availability has been further reduced by competition with introduced Crimson Rosella Platycercus elegans, Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris and feral honey bees. Introduced black rats Rattus rattus. have caused nest failures. Disease has also been found in the population.

Range:

Norfolk Island (between Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia)

Habitat:

Confined to the Norfolk Island National Park and adjacent forested areas and orchards.

Wild Diet:

Their diet includes seeds, fruits, flowers, pollen, sori, sprout rhizomes and bark of 30 native and introduced plant species.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Birds reach sexual maturity at a relatively early age. They forage 7m (20ft) up in the trees through autumn, then in the winter move closer to or on the ground.

Clutch and Egg Size:

1-8 white eggs

Breeding Season:

October-December, sometimes more than once a year.

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Tasman Parakeet
© Luis Ortiz-Catedral

Did You Know?

The Tasman Parakeet feeds in trees, and also on the ground.  They sweep leaf litter aside with their feet, looking for seeds.


Programs & Projects

WPT has worked with numerous partners to help save this species. Learn more

Academic Research

Related publications: Cyanoramphus cookii

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