North Island kākā
Population: 1000–5000Threat status: Nationally vulnerableFound in: Large forested areas in the North and South IslandsDid you know: Once common throughout New Zealand, kākā are now largely limited to a few localised forest strongholds in the central North and South Island. Often nesting in holes in trees, kākā chicks stand little chance when attacked by by rats, stoats and possums.
Kākā is at risk from a predator plague caused by high levels of seed production ('beech mast') in 2014. Battle for our Birds protects kākā and other native species from predators.
Did you know young kākā leave the nest before they can fly? Find out facts about kākā.
Habitat loss and the introduction of pests threaten the survival of kākā. Learn more about the threats to this social bird.
DOC is actively trying to save the kākā through a national kākā recovery programme.
Learn more about your area or how you can help protect New Zealand's remaining kākā populations.
To protect our native wildlife the Department of Conservation is implementing the 'Battle for our Birds' predator control programme.
The kākā is one of New Zealand’s three native parrots. Despite being hammered by predators such as cats, rats and stoats, these inquisitive birds are making a comeback on predator-free offshore islands.
Find out about field trip activities involving the kākā at Whirinaki Forest Park. Kākā are threatened birds, so it is wonderful that you can see them first hand at Whirinaki Forest Park.
New Zealand Birds Online Encyclopedia of New Zealand birds
DOC's 24 hour emergency hotline:
0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468)
Call to report sick or injured wildlife, and whale or dolphin strandings.