Kakariki Care Guide & Profile – Parrot Essentials


Learn the basic facts and housing requirements with this Kakariki Care Guide. Find out of their food requirements and if Kakarikis are suitable parrots as pets.

Common name: KAKARIKI
Latin name: Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae (Red-fronted), Cyanoramphus auriceps (Yellow-fronted), Cyanoramphus malherbi (Orange-fronted)
Length: 25 – 28cm (10 – 13in)
Weight: 50 – 65gr (2.3oz)
Life Span: 12 – 15 years
Origin: Kakariki species are native to New Zealand. They have become endangered due to habitat destruction. The Red-fronted Kakariki are scarce on the mainland, so you will likely find them on the surrounding islands. The Yellow-fronted and Orange-fronted can exist on the mainland but it is uncommon.
Noise Level: Moderate. They’re can screech/talk loudly but it is uncommon. They are great birds for people who prefer quiet birds. When they do make noise, it’s typically a ‘ki-ki-ki-ki’ sort of chatter.
Buy: Food, Toys, Cages & Accessories suitable for Kakariki

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Kakarikis are one of the most playful and intelligent parrots. They’re often overlooked, but they are extremely inquisitive and constantly on the move. Always up to something and their comical antics will always amuse you. Their quirky personalities make them easy to bond closely with their owner.


Kakarikis are not known for their talking ability but they do have the ability to talk and can learn words and phrases if trained. Their calls are distinctive – in flight or when alarmed, they will emit prolonged repetitive series of notes. Whether it is soft goofy mumbling, remarkably talented talking, or just simple mimicry, the Kakariki will always put a smile on your face.


Kakarikis are not known to pluck feathers but if they do, consider any 3 of the most common causes… medical, environmental and behavioural.



  • Should be a secure cage with double doors – Kakarikis are known to escape!
  • Must be safe with no hazardous materials
  • Kakarikis love to bathe so make sure fresh water is available in their cages!
  • Kakarikis are very active and energetic birds so the bigger the cage, the better!
  • Because of their mobility, they should never be kept in a small aviary as a minimum, the aviary should measure 3.6 metres long x 0.9 metres wide x 1.8 metres high.


  • Dry and sprouted seeds should form the basis of the diet.
  • Treats to feed your Kakariki include millet, fruits, sweetcorn, carrots & celery.
  • Kakariki love their greens! Kale, rocket, and spinach can be fed daily!
  • They are messy eaters so if you have birds in a cage; it is always wise to put food bowls near the floor and behind protection, otherwise, their dinner will be all over your floor.
  • Like most parrots, they love foraging! Check out some great foraging toys and treats.


  • Kakariki translates as “small parrot” in Maori. “Kaka” means parrot, and “riki” means small.
  • Kakarikis are usually solitary or found in pairs, although in autumn and winter they may form small flocks.
  • The female incubates 5–9 eggs for around 20 days until they hatch. Both birds assist with the feeding of the young.
  • Most of the subspecies are native to New Zealand and have become endangered as a result of habitat destruction following European settlement and nest predation by introduced species of mammal.
  • The Kakariki are probably the most active of all parrots, seldom staying still, never moving slowly and often seen running up and down the wire of the aviary without using their beaks.
  • Kakarikis are generally said not to be the most playful with toys in their environment and would enjoy and benefit more from different types of perches, swings and occasionally wooden or plastic balls. They will chew whatever they have, so be aware that toys may be destroyed along the way.

Parrot Essentials offers everything that you need for your Kakariki Care

4 Replies to “Kakariki Care Guide & Profile – Parrot Essentials”

    1. Hi Linda,
      Parrot Essentials has a large selection of seed diets suitable for Kakariki Parrots.
      Here is a link to all the parrot food we do https://www.parrotessentials.co.uk/parrot-seed-food-and-bird-seed/
      For your Kakariki I would recommend the Tidymix Parakeet Food https://www.parrotessentials.co.uk/products/Tidymix-Parakeet-Diet-2.3kg.html
      If you have any more questions please call us on 0800 327 7511 and ask for me (Anguel).
      I will gladly assist you.

  1. I have a young female K who I let out into the flat for at least an hour a day.The thing is she is quite aggressive (she used to land on my shoulder or arm and bite hard enough to draw blood-she rarely comes near me now)and destructive(pictures,books,cd’s). Am I doing anything wrong? Would she benefit from a mate or companion? Her diet is quite varied,apart from the standard parakeet mix,I always make sure she has extra chilies + greens.She also loves cooked sweetcorn +raspberries. Any advice you could give would be welcomed.Thank you

    1. Hi Tony,

      Changing behaviour such as biting is a complex issue so it will be best if you contact us on 0845 258 8000 and ask for Anguel.

      He will be able to advise you on what is the best steps that you need to take.

      Kind regards,


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