Kaka perches far away from its usual haunts

Trying out a new place

JO MCKENZIE-MCLEAN
Last updated 05:00 25/08/2014
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LONG WAY FROM HOME: A kaka pays a visit to a property in Bannockburn Rd, Cromwell.

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A kaka has made a new home for itself in Central Otago - a long way from its natural beech forest habitat.

Department of Conservation spokeswoman Annette Grieve said it was unusual for a kaka to venture so far from its natural range, and conservationists suspected it may have flown from Waikaia Bush or the Mavora Lakes.

The property owners contacted DOC last week, she said.

The bird, whose threat status is regarded as vulnerable, was found eating well and not in distress so was left at the property, she said.

Kaka, once common throughout New Zealand, are now largely limited to a few forest strongholds in the central North and South Island. Often nesting in holes in trees, kaka chicks stand little chance when attacked by rats, stoats and possums, DOC's website says.

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