Photo of the week: Kākā in the capital

Department of Conservation —  04/12/2013

Today’s photo of the week is of a kākā popping in to a summer party on a balcony in Wellington City.

The population of kākā in the capital is increasing thanks to the work of conservationists and Wellington wildlife sanctuary Zealandia.

Kaka in Wellington City on a balcony.

The success of restoring native birds to cities is bringing those birds into increasing conflict with humans according to Victoria University’s recent research.

Kākā, pukeko and red-billed gulls were found to be the species most likely to encounter problems in cities. The research has helped to identify these species and will mean emerging problems can be monitored and addressed.

This photo was taken by Phillip Capper.

3 responses to Photo of the week: Kākā in the capital


    Thanks for sharing such a neat photo. Even the kākā like to party during the silly season.

    Graham McKinstry 04/12/2013 at 9:24 am

    What a stunning compliment to the conservation ideal! We have had kaka in our Tauranga garden but not for a BBQ yet!

    Mary Cornwell 04/12/2013 at 9:11 am

    Talk about the high life – champaigne and strawberries. What next?