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Yellow-fronted Parakeet

 (Cyanoramphus auriceps)

Also known as: Yellow-fronted Kakariki, Yellow-crowned Parakeet or Kakariki, Yellow-fronted New Zealand Parakeet

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Wild Yellow-fronted Parakeet
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Did You Know?

Another name for this parrot, kakariki, is Maori for 'small parrot.'

Academic Research

Related publications: Cyanoramphus auriceps

Species Profile

Genus: Cyanoramphus | Species: auriceps

Size:

23cm (9 in)

Weight:

95g (3.3 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults in general green; red frontal band reaching to eye; golden crown; red patch on each side of rump; purple/blue outer webs of flight feathers. Bill silver/grey with black tip. Eye orange/red.

Colour Juvenile:

As in adults but with shorter tail. Eye pale brown.

Call:

Calls made in flight are repetitve, quieter and more high-pitched than calls of Red-fronted Parakeet (C. novaezelandiae).

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3

More Information:

Avibase
AvianWeb
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Wikipedia
BirdCare.com
Lexicon of Parrots
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 8503, Yellow-fronted Parakeet Cyanoramphus auriceps, Loetscher, Fred W., Jr., New Zealand, Sep. 14 1968, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi and Grajal, 2000.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Wild Yellow-fronted Parakeet
© Brent Barrett [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]

Did You Know?

Another name for this parrot, kakariki, is Maori for 'small parrot.'

Academic Research

Related publications: Cyanoramphus auriceps

Species Care

Captive Status:

Common, particularly in Australia.

Longevity:

More than 10 yrs.

Housing:

Walk-in enclosure, minimum length 3m (9.8 ft).

Diet:

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

Enrichment:

Provide seeding grasses for foraging; also bird-safe, unsprayed flowering, pine, fir, willow and elder branches. Provide shallow water bowls or overhead misters for bathing.

Nest Box Size:

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

Clutch Size:

5-10

Incubation Time:

19 days

Fledging Age:

5-6 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Wild Yellow-fronted Parakeet
© Brent Barrett [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]

Did You Know?

Another name for this parrot, kakariki, is Maori for 'small parrot.'

Academic Research

Related publications: Cyanoramphus auriceps

Species Wild Status

World Population:

10,000-30,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Near Threatened

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Threats to this species include deforestation, habitat change and introduced mammalian predators such as stoats, rats and cats.

Range:

New Zealand and its offshore islands, and Auckland Islands.

Habitat:

Found up to 1250m (4100 ft) in lush mountain native forest with Nothofagus and Podocarpus trees.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on shoots, buds, berries, flowers and seeds, as well as caterpillars and scale insects.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Usually seen in pairs or small groups feeding in the middle or upper storey of the forest as well as larger shrubs. On offshore islands where there are less threats these birds will feed on the ground more frequently.

Clutch and Egg Size:

5-10 broadly elliptical eggs, 23.0 x 19.0mm (0.9 x 0.7 in).

Breeding Season:

Usually from October-December, but may occur year round.

Related Links:

Parrot Society of Australia
Research: Monitoring Yellow-crowned Parakeets
TerraNature: New Zealand Ecology - Yellow-crowned Parakeet
Research: Problem solving in young Yellow-crowned Parakeets

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Wild Yellow-fronted Parakeet
© Brent Barrett [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]

Did You Know?

Another name for this parrot, kakariki, is Maori for 'small parrot.'

Academic Research

Related publications: Cyanoramphus auriceps

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