Kākāriki, Mounted; Aves, Psittaciformes, Psittaculidae, Cyanoramphus, C. malherb...


Kākāriki, Mounted

Identified By

Dr Nic Rawlence

Identification Date


Taxonomic Classification

Aves, Psittaciformes, Psittaculidae, Cyanoramphus, C. malherbi

Specimen Category




About 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.

Field Collector

Samuel Symons

Field Collection Date


Field Collection Place Description

Taieri Plains, Otago, New Zealand

Subject and Association Keywords

Animals (fauna)

Subject and Association Keywords

Domestic Life (household chattels, food and drink)

Object Type

stuffed birds

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