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Another good year for kākā at Zealandia

January 17, 2013

Conservation Officer Matu Booth holds a kākā chick up to its mum.

Conservation Officer Matu Booth holds a kākā chick up to its mum.

We’re celebrating another great year for our kākā breeding programme with 77 birds banded so far, 50 of which have fledged. Look out for young kākā with a large bright green leg band that denotes this year’s new birds.

In the photo, Zealandia conservation officer Matu Booth holds a young kākā chick up to its mother, while the father looks on. Nest monitor Bill Beale, who took the photo, said

“It seemed to welcome the reassurance from bird-whisperer Matu, and having its parents nearby. The mum gave it a gentle preen on the head.”

Zealandia band and micro-chip kākā chicks before they leave the nest, helping us to monitor their survival and behaviour.

It’s estimated the current kākā population in and around Zealandia is around 250 birds. The total number living in Wellington is likely to be higher again as some now spend their lives beyond the sanctuary. This month saw the first confirmed successful nest in Wellington outside the protection of the sanctuary’s pest-exclusion fence, at Prince of Wales park.

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