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New Caledonian Parakeet

 (Cyanoramphus saisseti)
 
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1882 illustration from Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London.
Joseph Smit | Wikimedia Commons

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Co-operative breeding has been reported in these parakeets. Genetic evidence suggests that the species is polyandrous (many males to one female).


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Species Profile

Genus: Cyanoramphus | Species: saisseti

Size:

26cm (10.2in)

Weight:

100g (3.5oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Bright green in general. Red frontal band, lores and line through eye.  Narrow red line on ear-coverts. Center of crown red extending back to above eye. Yellow-green superciliary area. Red patch on either side of rump. Primary wing coverts, alulua and outerwebs of primaries violet-blue; fine yellow outer margin to outer primaries. Wing-bar in some males. Bright yellow throat, underparts yellow-green. Uppertail green lightly washed with blue; undertail dark grey. Bill blue-grey tipped with black. Eye dark red. Females usually have wingbar.

Colour Juvenile:

Juveniles show wingbar, otherwise as in adult.

Call:

Quiet short notes; melodic.

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Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

Wikipedia
Avibase

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1882 illustration from Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London.
Joseph Smit | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Co-operative breeding has been reported in these parakeets. Genetic evidence suggests that the species is polyandrous (many males to one female).


Programs & Projects

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

Academic Research

Related publications: Cyanoramphus saisseti

Species Care

Captive Status:

Not recorded.

Longevity:

Probably similar to C. novaezelandiae: 10 years

Housing:

Most likely similar to C. novaezelandiae: Aviary at least 3.5 x 1 x 2m (10 x 3 x ft). Free-flying possible. Provide protection from cold.

Diet:

Probably as in C. novaezelandiae: 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:

Probably similar to C. novaezelandiae: Love to climb, therefore provide ladders, ropes and swings; not a vigorous chewer. Provide large flight for exercise. Provide areas for bathing.

Nest Box Size:

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

Clutch Size:

2-4

Incubation Time:

19 days

Fledging Age:

Probably as in C. novaezelandiae: 5-6 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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1882 illustration from Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London.
Joseph Smit | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Co-operative breeding has been reported in these parakeets. Genetic evidence suggests that the species is polyandrous (many males to one female).


Programs & Projects

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

Academic Research

Related publications: Cyanoramphus saisseti

Species Wild Status

World Population:

2500-10,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Near Threatened (as conspecific with C. novaezelandiae)

CITES Listing:

Appendix I

Threat Summary:

It is suspected to be declining due to the effects of predation by invasive species. In the near future it may decline more rapidly if habitat is lost to nickel mining.

Range:

Found on New Caledonia.

Habitat:

Found in indigenous montane forests.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on fruits and seeds of casuarinas and pawpaws Carica papaya, and other plants.

Ecology and Behaviour:

This species has a scattered range, mostly rain forest and forest edges. There are also reports that it tolerates Niaouli savanna, Maquis scrub and humid forest to 1,500m. It is most abundant in Gymnostoma preforests and in wet forests from 400-800m. Quiet and difficult to observe in canopy. Will forage for seeds on the ground.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2-4

Breeding Season:

November-January

Related Links:

TerraNature
New Caledonian Parakeet - Birdway Photos
Research: Spatial ecology and conservation of parrots in New Caledonia

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1882 illustration from Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London.
Joseph Smit | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Co-operative breeding has been reported in these parakeets. Genetic evidence suggests that the species is polyandrous (many males to one female).


Programs & Projects

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

Academic Research

Related publications: Cyanoramphus saisseti

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