This large parrot is found in many bush areas throughout New Zealand, but numbers are severely reduced in areas where nests are vulnerable to predation. None are settled in the mainland adjacent to Auckland, but young birds visit every year, from a thriving population on predator-free Little Barrier Island. Very active and very vocal, with red feathers under their body displayed in flight, no one will overlook their presence when they visit. This kaka is seen cracking open kauri cones on Great Barrier Island. Note the 'after' view of a cone on the left of the picture.

Audio file: www.whatbird.co.nz. Photograph: John Staniland

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