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