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Identification Red-crowned parakeets are medium-sized, long-tailed parrots with broad, rounded wings and predominantly emerald green plumage.

They have a crimson forehead and fore-crown, and patches of the same colour behind the eyes and on each flank, at the base of the tail.

Matiu/Somes, Motuihe and Tawharanui Peninsula) or captive-reared birds (e.g.

Tiritiri Matangi, Cuvier & Motuhora/Whale Islands). Red-crowned parakeets are commonly kept in captivity in New Zealand and overseas (particularly Australia).

Reintroduced to Tiritiri Matangi, Cuvier Island, Motuhora/Whale Island, Matiu/Somes Island, Motuihe Islands, Moturua Island (Bay of Islands), and Zealandia (Wellington), Tawharanui Regional Park and Shakespeare Regional Park.

Red-crowned parakeets inhabit a variety of habitats, ranging from grass-covered islands (e.g.

Occasional mainland sightings are likely to be vagrants, released or escaped captive birds, or birds dispersing from nearby offshore islands or pest-free mainland reserves.

Behaviour and ecology Red-crowned parakeets have colonised and adapted to a range of environments and habitats on islands from the tropics to the subantarctic.Nestling period varies widely depending on hatch order (nestling period 32-49 days).The last chicks to hatch usually fledge at an earlier age and are less developed than their older siblings.Egg-laying takes several days to complete, with incubation usually commencing after the second egg is laid.Incubation takes approximately 23 days, and the chicks hatch asynchronously, so there is a large variation in chick size within a brood.

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