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Red Crowned Parakeet


Cyanoramphus novaezeelandiae

Red Crowned Parakeet are numerous on Ulva, and are seen in pre-breeding flocks of often up to a dozen or 15 birds in early summer, then pairing off for breeding, which coincides with the late summer fruiting of Coprosma sp in particular. Their giggling calls are heard often. Perhaps our most nervous bird on Ulva, they will often be startled , erupting into flight from a tree or the ground when we are walking the paths. But equally, if spotted early can be approached if done quietly and without sudden movements.

Size ..  280 mm

Red Crowned Parakeet


Red Crowned Parakeet

Feeding on Mutton Bird Tree Flowers


Red Crowned Parakeet

Often seen on the forest floor, where they will “scritch” like domestic hens


Red Crowned Parakeet

On the nest


Red Crowned Parakeet



Red Crowned Parakeet

Almost fledged … they flew 2 days later.


Red Crowned Parakeet

Generally the male feeds the female, who then feeds the young


Parakeet Song

Stewart Island Electricity is generated using diesel fuel

Sails Ashore is Solar Powered

 But we now produce 100 % of our electrical needs, and are completely "Off Grid", Excess electricity is used to heat our domestic hot water and central heating system and this has cut our non renewable heating fuel usage to around 20% of pre solar.. All cooking is electric, no more LPG.  See More .......

Kowhai Lane is also Solar powered,

Kowhai Lane is "Grid Tied" Excess production is used to heat water. Production beyond the house requirements is exported, thus cutting diesel use in the wider grid. At night Kowhai Lane Lodge receives power from the grid.

Like Sails Ashore, all cooking is electric,,,,, No LPG



Sails Ashore, Kowhai Lane & Sails Tours

11 View Street,
Stewart Island, 9846

+64 3 219 1151
Email: tait@sailsashore.co.nz
Web: www.sailsashore.co.nz