New Zealand records the best breeding seasons in decades for one of its rarest bird species.
An orange-fronted parakeet, the bird is locally known as kakariki karaka. Birth of 150 orange parakeets has lifted a hopeful situation for the rare species.
According to a statement released by the Department of Conservation (DOC), the rise in the breeding number this season could help in augmenting the overall population of the bird species. Currently the number of orange parakeets is only 100 to 300 birds.
Furthermore, the DOC found 31 nests of the orange parakeets this year in the Canterbury forests of South Island, a number which was estimated to be three times greater than the total number of nests in the recent past years.
The DOC is further concentrating efforts in protecting the population of the prized bird species from predators like rats, feral cats and stoats. With regards to the rising population, the number of beech seeds also doubled, since it forms the daily diet of the birds.
“This year’s epic breeding provides a much-needed boost to the kakariki karaka population,” commented, Eugenie Sage, Minister of Conservative.
Previously, the birds were found in regions across New Zealand, but the population of the bird species curbed since the past century. The birds were thought to be extinct until they were rediscovered in Canterbury in 1993. Among the predicted reasons, predators and habitat destruction is considered as one of the main reasons for the decline of the species.