Red-crowned Parakeets can be recognized by their bright green body plumage, pale beaks, blue outerwing feathers (visible during flight) and bright red feathers at the crown, forehead, and eye-stripe. Females are similar but have yellow at the underwing.
Red-crowned Parakeets were formerly abundant, distributed across both of New Zealand's largest islands. Predation by non-native species threatened the population, which has since stabilized though numbers are still below their historical population.
Red-crowned Parakeets are relatively popular in aviculture. In the pet trade they are commonly called Red-fronted Parakeets.
Details & Statistics
The Red-crowned Parakeet is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2015 by BirdLife International. This newly defined species is listed as Near Threatened because it occupies a small range in which habitat is thought to be becoming very fragmented and continuing to decline in extent and quality, with declines in the population also taking place owing to a variety of threats.