Parakeet, New Zealand Red-crowned
Female New Zealand Red-crowned Parakeet (Cynaoramphus novaezelandiae novaezelandiae). General plumage bright green. Crimson red patch on forehead and crown to just behind eye and patch immediately behind eye. No red patch on side of rump. 2nd to 5th primaries deep violet blue on their outer webs, dark brown at tips and on inner webs. Tail dark green. Undersurface yellowish green. Metal tag around right leg with "17" inscribed on it. In fair condition. Both eyes missing. Piece of wire protruding from left wing. Mounted perched on a piece of stick inserted into a small square piece of black wood.
Red-crowned parakeets are endemic to NZ and have three subspecies. They are rare on the mainland but can be common on some offshore islands where they benefit from pest control. The parrots hybridise threatening the integrity of the native gene pool. There is now a ban on any captive stock to be released as wild translocation.
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