Photo of the week: Orange-fronted parakeet/kākāriki karaka

Department of Conservation —  02/05/2017 — 4 Comments

Today’s photo is of a critically endangered kākāriki karaka, or orange-fronted parakeet.

Found in three alpine beech forest valleys in Canterbury, these small forest-dwelling birds are at a high risk of extinction with only 200 – 400 birds remaining in the wild.

Orange-fronted parakeet. Photo: © Sabine Bernert.

Last week a major upgrade and extension to the trap network was announced to protect the critically endangered orange-fronted parakeet.

500 self-resetting traps have been installed in Lake Sumner Forest Park as part of DOC’s Battle for our Birds programme.

The aim is to get rat and stoat numbers down to a level where the vulnerable hole-nesting parakeet can successfully breed and the population grow.

Photo: © Sabine Bernert.

4 responses to Photo of the week: Orange-fronted parakeet/kākāriki karaka

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    Good luck with that project.

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