What parrots might you find in Tawharanui?
A nature tour from Auckland to Tawharanui is magical for many reasons. Perhaps your favourite part will be the abundance of lush New Zealand plantlife, or the smell of the forest and sound of the waves on the beach, or perhaps, your favourite part will be the gorgeous parrots you might find there.
Here are a few of the awesome parrots you might spot during a Habitat Tours excursion to Tawharanui.
The kaka is a large bird that’s from the same family as the cheeky kea, which helps explain their boisterous and entertaining antics. These birds are often spotted socialising in the early morning and late evening, and are generally only seen in forest areas around the North and South Islands.
There are an estimated 1,000 – 5,000 kaka left in New Zealand, which makes spotting one an even more special experience.
Red crowned parakeets
The red crowned parakeet – known as kakariki in Maori – is a smaller parrot that is mostly bright green with a distinctive red streak across its forehead.
They nest in holes in trees, but it’s not uncommon to see them foraging for berries, insects and seeds on the ground. Along with the yellow crowned parakeet, they are the only native New Zealand bird to be held and bred in captivity, which is helping to improve population numbers of these gorgeous birds.
An eastern rosella has the bright and colourful attractive appearance of a parrot, yet they do not have the usual chatty temperament of parrots and are not considered to be good pets.
The eastern rosella was introduced to New Zealand in the 1900s, and is now reasonably common throughout the country. They can be quite loud, so you may hear them before you spot them, and spotting them shouldn’t be a problem with their bright red and green plumage, and distinctive cream-coloured cheeks!
Tristan Cullen - Passionate Conservationist