Kākāriki, Mounted; Aves, Psittaciformes, Psittaculidae, Cyanoramphus, C. malherb...
Kākāriki, MountedIdentified By
Dr Nic RawlenceIdentification Date
Aves, Psittaciformes, Psittaculidae, Cyanoramphus, C. malherbiSpecimen Category
1890sAbout this object
Originally thought to be a type of cockatiel, this bird was found by Samuel Symons (aged nine of Menzies Ferry) in the Taieri Plains in 1893. He noted that it was different from the other chicks in the nest. After the bird died it was mounted (25 July 1895) so we presume that it became a treasured pet.
After discussion with Otago University's Dr Rawlence, the bird was formally identified as an Orange-fronted Kakariki, also known as the Malherbe's parakeet, with significant plumage mutations. The species is critically endangered, with their numbers likely to be less than 700 individuals, but could be as few as 300.
Samuel SymonsField Collection Date
1893Field Collection Place Description
Taieri Plains, Otago, New ZealandSubject and Association Keywords
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