(Red fronted Kakarikis)
originate from the North and South Islands of New Zealand, and
their outlying islands, also Norfolk Island and New Caledonia. About
fifteen years ago the Kakariki was almost extinct in New Zealand.
Since it's introduction into the successful breeding programme of
the UK this situation has been reversed. The Kakarikis bred well
and large numbers are being returned back to their natural environment
in New Zealand.
Kakarikis in the UK has been very popular in recent years as
the climate is well suited to these active birds. Kakarikis often
breed very prolifically a clutch of 5 to 12 eggs can be laid. The
incubation period is around 19 to 20 days, after a period of 6 to
7 weeks the young leave the nest. At this stage the parents might
well want to breed again.
Kakarikis can usually be sexed visually by the size of the beak,
head and body of cocks being larger. Experienced breeders can usually
sex Kakarikis easily by this method.
are several mutations bred now including Cinnamon's, green pied,
Cinnamon pied, Lutinos, and Fallows. There is said to be a blue
mutation but we are not sure if one exists, this would have to be
seen to be believed! The yellow Fronted Kakariki is also quite
popular in the UK They originate again from the North and South
Islands of New Zealand, Stewart and Auckand Islands and the offshore
the yellow fronted Kakariki is about the same as breeding the
red fronted but it can be a little harder to get them to breed for
the first time. When they begin to breed, they are just as prolific,
clutches of 3 to 12 eggs not being unusual. The incubation period
is 19 -20 days. After 6 to 7 weeks the young are usually weaned.
These also can be sexed by their size, the cocks being larger.
Red fronted Kakariki can make a very interesting pet, these
active parakeets love to play and are always on the go. In captivity
their life expectancy is usually around 7 - 10 years but they have
been known to live longer. Commonly hand-reared cock birds make
the best pets for a number of reasons. The cocks can mimic, having
the ability to learn phrases, nursery rhymes etc. This is very unusual
in such small parakeets. This of course makes them desirable as
a pet since they are very much more affordable than even a small
need a cage similar in size to a cockatiel. These parakeets like
to get into their food dish and kick their food about there fore
it is advisable to place the food in a container with sides rising
70cm, onto the floor of the cage. Kakarikis have the parrot-like
characteristic of picking larger items of food up with one foot
to eat. They are extremely active and will often run round and
round their cages. They like to come out to fly but they will also
take a few tickles and some petting if they have been hand-reared.
hand-reared cock Kakariki would make an ideal choice for someone
on limited income wanting a small talking bird. There are two
reasons for not recommending the hen as a pet. They are prolific
breeders and will lay eggs in their cages from 9 months on. Once
they start laying eggs they will not stop and this situation becomes
distressing for some people. They do not usually have the same ability
to 'talk' which can be disappointing also.