North Island kākā. Photo: Herb Christophers. DOC USE ONLY.

North Island kākā

Population: 1000–5000
Threat status:
Nationally vulnerable
Found in:
Large forested areas in the North and South Islands
Did 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.

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