Kakarikis

Personality: Kakarikis are extremely inquisitive and will explore everything within reach. As a result, they are very prone to accidents. Ensure that there are no sharp edges for the birds to get caught and that their toys are safe. Be aware that kakarikis are great escape artists and look for every opportunity to spread their wings.

The Kakarikis or Parakeets, as they are more commonly becoming known, differ markedly from the three previously mentioned species, being smaller, more slender and brightly coloured.

Red-fronted Kakariki
The body is mainly a deep green and it has a crimson forehead, crown and patch behind each eye. There is also a crimson patch on each side of the rump. Flight feathers are a deep blue and the beak is steel blue with a black tip. The adult male is 28 cm in overall length and the female is slightly smaller.

Yellow-fronted Kakariki
The colouring is similar to the red-fronted, but the crown is yellow and there is a crimson band above the cere. They also lack the red patch behind the eye. Adult males are 25 cm in overall length and the females slightly smaller.

Kakarikis are extremely active birds. They love to perform acrobatics and to run upside down across the roof wire. Because their natural habitat is cool, they can be housed outdoors in the Pacific Northwest at latitudes of 49 north so long as they have shelter from wind and sun. Kakarikis are gentle birds and can be mixed with other birds (love birds are an exception) in a non-breeding flight.

Like the larger parrots, they hold food with their feet. They also like to "wash" their food by dunking it in their drinking water.

Because they also like to bathe, a large dish of water should be made available daily. Kakarikis form strong pair bonds, and in captivity, appear to pair for life.

Bird Facts

Country of Origin: South Pacific, New Zealand

Average Lifespan: 16 years

Size: 12 inches

Diet: seed or pelleted diets, a variety of fruit and vegetables. broccoli, snow peas, corn, cucumber, celery, carrots, yams, apples, grapes, cantaloupe, oranges, cheese, popcorn, hard-boiled eggs, cooked chicken bones and cooked dried beans.

Notes

Sleep: 12-14 hours daily

Care: Regular wing and nail clipping are required to maintain these birds

Cages: Daily cage cleaning is a must

Foods to Avoid: Chocolate, Caffeine, Alcohol, Avocado and Apple Seeds