On the 15th of February 2009 we received three new Kakariki birds for in the enclosures.
Pat and Shirley from Nelson brought us two females and one male.
We had three birds housed in the aviary but one of the males was too aggressive to the new birds so we quickly decided that he would go back with Pat who has got a lot more birds. The aggressive male is doing well now surrounded by older males and our birds are happier without his aggression. The new birds have adapted well, no eggs yet but they still have to get used to the new surroundings.
They eat an entire basket of food a day, consisting of any available native seeds, flowers, leaves, vegetables and fruit on offer. They eat pretty much everything. We also had to dose them before the new birds came out. Dosing is necessary for the treatment of mite, a parasite that attacks the birds’ skin, causing the feathers to dislodge and give them an intense itch. It is potentially deadly if left untreated.
Birds, like one of our males, need this dosing every six months to avoid this mite. To catch them we use a soft fabric net, that works really well. Other native birds seem very interested in the Kakariki’s, especially when we first got them. Swallows would sit on the aviary and the Tui’s and Bell birds would sit in the trees next to them. When a Harrier or Falcon flies over all their alarms are going off, causing them to fly from one end of the aviary to the other, making a lot of noise.
These birds will hopefully be good ambassadors for their species. Already plenty of people have seen them being loud and energetic, giving themselves the reputation of being the noisiest and destructive but overall charming birds on the property.