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In issue 309 -
When an Older Parrot Has Never Learned Skilful Flight – Complete Psittacine by Eb Cravens
In issue 309 -
Scarlet Macaws – were they really bred by indigenous people in the 12th century? Rosemary Low asks the question
In issue 309 -
Understanding the link between nutrition, hormonal behaviours and the avian endocrine system, Part 1 – The Holistic Parrot by Leslie Moran
In issue 309 -
The Yellow-eared Parrot – continues to expand its range in Colombia. By David Waugh, Correspondent, Loro Parque Fundación
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Kakariki population in crisis - in captivity and in the wild

Parrots magazine April 2012

Pauline James interviews top breeder Eric Prior

Kakariki are popular and widespread in captivity, having proved to be peace-loving, sociable and friendly birds. They are also generally prolific, make devoted parents, and are now available in several beautiful colour mutations. But, three major problems stand in the way of breeders being able to maintain good quality breeding stock for the future.

Kakariki in the wild are highly-adaptable birds, when it comes to diet and nesting habits and on the one hand, when they suffered devastating habitat loss, it helped them survive, but in the last century, it has proved to be their downfall. Red-fronted in particular, have an easy attitude to selecting a nesting site, in dense vegetation on the ground, among tree roots, in rock crevices and even in burrows, if nesting hollows in trees aren’t readily available. And it is this, along with the fact that they often feed newly-fledged youngsters, before they are proficient at flying, on the ground, that makes them especially vulnerable.

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