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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2005 3:36 am    Post subject: wild diet?


i was wondering if anyone can tell me what kakariki eat in the wild?
i'm researching different animals at college and i wanted to write about kakariki but i need to know a bit about what they eat in the wild.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2005 7:04 am    Post subject:

In the download section is
"Foraging Ecology of Kakariki "
One must keep in mind that this study was done
on an Island. Therefore I believe it is very limited in its accuracy as to the original diet 120 yrs ago
There are very limited original forest in NZ, most are re growth of 30 to 100yrs.
The extent and size of Kakariki flocks are very small compared to 120yrs ago.
The Different species tend to habituate different levels of forest and enviroment...high forest, low forest, deep forest , forest edge, open grass lands.
Comparing what kakariki eat in captivity,( we give them a variety of native plants from our gardens) I am firmly of the opinion, that kakariki in great enough numbers, will survive not just in the forest, but urban areas as well in a similar nature to Tui, Fantail, wax eye, and to some extent to wood pigeon. Also the introduced Eastern Rosella.
Kakariki (and most parrots) by nature have the ability to learn, therefore from this they can adapt to local environment and food supplies very well.
The native bush doesn't have many very poisonous plants (thu some that can make one and animals very sick. eg tutu and poroporo..yet these same plant have been found to be critical in fertility of the Kakapo parrot.??? (I have not experimented (yet) with feeding these in captivity.
Kakariki, historically, where exterminated because of their tendency to raiding early settlers orchards....what was left knocked back by exports of the bird and Ferrel animals (rats, stoats, possum)

There are a few snippets of info in the forums so run a search
See diet section.
Becarefull of many web sites as to what they believe...
I'm researching different animals at college and i wanted to write about kakariki

I think such a paper would be interesting as the approach would be a little different to other animals due to the above.

Please feel free to publish your kakariki section here or in the members only section, we would be happy make comments and suggestions to help out.

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