DOC's work with rainbow lorikeet
The Department of Conservation began eradicating the feral population in 2000, concerned about competition with native honeyeaters and the possible threat to pristine island habitats such as Little Barrier Island.
MAF Biosecurity New Zealand, in partnership with DOC and regional councils, now manages rainbow lorikeet under the National Interest Pest Response initiative. The aim of the response is to prevent rainbow lorikeets from establishing in the wild.
Escaped birds are caught using a range of methods including trapping and netting. The captured birds are returned to their owners where they can be identified or sent to commercial aviculturists with secure captive facilities.