Parakeet ‘squatters’ start family on Mana Island


Yellow-crowned parakeet (kakariki) chicks have been spotted on Mana Island, just seven months after 26 adult birds were transferred there from Te Kakaho Island in the Chetwode Island group, Malborough Sounds.

Friends of Mana Island volunteers, who have been monitoring the birds since they arrived on the island, reported their first confirmed sighting of at least three chicks in a kingfisher hole during the weekend of January 8 and 9.

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