Parakeet (Red crowned) Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae
Species: C. novaezelandiae
Binomial name: Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae
Synonyms: Cyanoramphus cookii, Cyanoramphus saisseti
Common names: Red crowned parakeet, Red fronted parakeet, Kakariki, kaka-wairiki, kawariki, porete,
Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae is a medium sized parrot native of New Zealand. Due to predation it is now confined to only a few areas on the mainland and some of New Zealand offshore islands.
The species Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae is divided into 4 subspecies.
Mainland red-crowned parakeet, C. novaezelandiae novaezelandiae
Chatham red-crowned parakeet, C. novaezelandiae chathamensis
Kermadec red-crowned parakeet, C. novaezelandiae cyanurus
Macquarie parakeet, C. novaezelandiae erythrotis: New DNA analysis is required to determine the correct status of the Macquarie parakeets, as the specimens used in Boon, Kearvell et al. (2001) were not correctly authenticated.
This parrot is characterised by its bright emerald green plumage and a crimson forehead and fore-crown and having a stripe of crimson behind the eyes. The leading edge of the wing is a cyan blue. It has a length of >28 cm and a weight >80 g.
To hear the chatter of the Red-crowned parakeet visit: http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/natural-sounds/12503/red-crowned-parakeet
For more complete details on this bird visit: http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/red-crowned-parakeet
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