Kakariki: Our Forest Gem

Our native parakeet karariki won the Bird of the Year in 2010, and we think this little beauty has the charisma and style to take the crown again this year.

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This wee gem packs a lot of punch with their bright green plumage and upbeat attitude, just like their political namesake, the party Green. Kakariki like to stand out, not only from the foliage but also from one another. Two varieties rock both red and yellow crowns and sometimes blue streaks on their wings, while another has an orange bib.

These avian rebels don’t like to follow the pack. They are often found doing their own thing, only occasionally hanging out in flocks. But don’t mistake this for a lack of social skills, as they are friendly, curious and smart birds who also take pride in looking after the family, with the male often feeding both his partner and their chicks, what a thoroughly modern guy!

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Kakariki: International Bird of Mystery

Guest blogger: Campaign Manager for the Kakariki: Phil Bilbrough

I’m cool. I look great – anyone who says different is jealous. I am Kākāriki, eight inches of attitude. Vote for me in Forest & Bird’s Bird of the Year competition.

Red-crowned parakeet, Photo: creative commons, digital trails

Red-crowned parakeet, Photo: creative commons, digital trails

I’m a local and one that stands out. I am colour and personality. Beautiful light green, with blue in my wings, and a crimson crown, I have a yellow body and wings, and sometimes an orange crown. I make my counterparts look dour – browns, greys, blacks, white with spots, and the occasional deep blue – they only flash colour and personality.

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