Pair hoped to boost kaka population

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    THE cacophonous call of kaka increased by two at Queens Parks aviary last week when a breeding pair were introduced.

    Six of the native birds now call the Invercargill park home, with the two newcomers (pictured) introduced to encourage a mix of genetics, minimise inbreeding and contribute to the national breeding programme.

    The birds came from Nelson’s Natureland, where they were bred.

    Invercargill City Council parks performance officer Bevan Cameron said the male bird from Nelson interacted with his keepers there, but not with the female kaka.

    “We hope that the move will discourage this behaviour and the competition will encourage him to pair up and successfully breed.”

    It was hoped by holding two pairs as a flock it would create competition, enable courting behaviour and successful breeding.

    The pair were introduced to their new flight last Wednesday night, and seemed to be getting on well with their flightmates after being introduced last Thursday.

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