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  Red-crowned Parakeet (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae)





Red-crowned Parakeet | Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae photo
Red-crowned Parakeets, or Kakariki (New Zealand subspecies)

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Red-crowned Parakeet | Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae photo
Red-crowned Parakeet (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae), Soames Island Wellington (New Zealand subspecies)

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BIRD FACTS

Description
The Red-crowned Parakeet (Macquarie Island) is an extinct subspecies of the Red-crowned Parakeet. It was endemic to Macquarie Island and last seen in 1890. Other subspecies still exist on New Zealand and other islands of the south west Pacific. It was a medium-sized green parrot with bright green head with red cap and eye-stripe. There was a red patch on each side of the rump. Note that the photos on this page are of the existing New Zealand subspecies.

Other Names
Red-crowned Parakeet (Macquarie Island)

Size
27 cm

Habitat
coastal grasslands

Food
small invertebrates

Range
It was endemic to Macquarie Island but is now extinct

distribution map showing range of Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Psittaciformes
Family:Psittacidae
Genus:Cyanoramphus
Species:novaezelandiae
Common Name:Red-crowned Parakeet

Relatives in same Genus
  Norfolk Island Parakeet (C. cookii)