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South Island kaka      South Island kaka
(Nestor meridionalis)
Two subspecies are recognised for the North and South Islands, this one from the south is meridionalis. Kaka are a large sociable bird and are easily seen in a group but can sit quietly in the bush when alone. They have a range of calls from harsh screeches and squawks to liquid whistling notes and we often observe them hanging upside down in trees and generally enjoying themselves.

Click here to find out what this bird sounds like.

Listen to a variety of bird calls in the sound gallery.

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