Bird SongsSouth Island kākā flock calls.
New Zealand status: Endemic
Conservation status: Nationally Vulnerable (South Island)
Kākā are large, forest-dwelling parrots that are being more regularly spotted visiting Dunedin City from Orokonui Ecosanctuary.
A large, olive-brown parrot with grey-white crown, red-orange underwing and deep crimson belly and under-tail feathers. Their call is a harsh, repeated, rhythmic “ka-aa” when flying above the forest canopy and harsh grating “kraak” alarm call when disturbed. Also a variety of loud, musical whistles, but these vary markedly from place to place.
In flight, a falcon/karearea or swamp harrier/kahu could be mistaken for a kākā - look for the distinctive crimson belly feathers and red-orange underwings of the kākā.