• Tui Nature Reserve Wildlife Trust
    Biodiversity Project
    Restoring the natural heritage
  • Biodiversity Project
    Conservation Project
    Marlborough Sounds New Zealand
  • Breeding for release
    Breeding for release
    Species formerly present
  • Tui Home Slide Kakariki
    Yellow-crowned Kakariki
  • Koru Native Wildlife Centre
    Koru Native Wildlife Centre
  • Conservation Park
    Tui Nature Reserve
    Mature and regenerating native bush

Recently we welcomed the arrival of a new Red Crowned Kakariki in the avairy. It’s been quite a long struggle for their mother, Mystry, who attempted to hatch eggs many times already.

First, we had to deal with her brother, Moss, who decided there was no better partner for his sister then he was. So he had to be taken out of the avairy, out of for fear for in-breeding. He was replaced with two males and a female, Ref, Phoenix and Evolet. Making the population in the avairy to six adults. But Evolet sadly died just two weeks after she arrived, we don’t know what the cause was, but were sure it wouldn’t effect the other birds. None the less, it was a sad loss. But good news was to follow…

Mystry and Phoenix seemed to have paired up and soon seven eggs appeared in the nest box. One of these eggs hatched three weeks later and began developing but it only survived for a week. I looked into the box one day to find it had gone missing, along with some of the eggs. I got worried something that shouldn’t be in the avairy had gotten it, but was puzzled as to why the remaining eggs were still whole. Mystry soon abandoned the nest, so I pulled out the grass and found, to my relief, the dead chick and another one, that hadn’t made it passed hatching stage.

Red Crowned Kakariki chickI cleaned out the nest box and replaced the grass, relieved it hadn’t been a mouse or something. Mystry had lost a few feathers from sitting on the nest all the time, I contacted a breeder if this was normal, he said it was, so I left Mystry to do her own thing again. Obviously I was hoping for more chicks, but didn’t want her to be in the box too long but the young bird had a mind of her own.

Less then a week, after she abandoned her last clutch, she started laying again. I recorded the date when the first eggs were layed, but didn’t calculate when they would hatch. One day, I was feeding them some flowers, I always put some near the nest box so she can reach them easily. As I stood next to the box, a faint chirping came from within. I opened it to see two, well developed young chicks in the nest. We were all really excited!

As the days went on, one of the chicks excelled, while the other was getting weaker. I had the feeling this one wouldn’t survive, and it didn’t, but the remaining chick was healthy and thriving. None of the other eggs hatched, so this chick has a high chance of surviving, being the only one fed.

So this news is all very rewarding, can’t wait until it will fledge in three weeks time!

We have also sighted a wild Yellow Crowned Kakariki flying around the place, I spotted it sitting on the avairy the other day.


Tui Nature Reserve Wildlife Trust

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