Michael Hayward16:48, Jan 17 2019
An endangered kākā has been spotted in a Christchurch backyard – about 100 kilometres away from home.
The Department of Conservation (DOC) has had only two or three sightings of the native parrot in the Garden City reported to it in the last 30 years.
Mandy Dickie was shocked to see the kākā, which is classified as nationally vulnerable, feeding on some big cankers in the wattle trees in her Mt Vernon backyard last week.
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She said she initially thought someone's parrot had escaped, but after getting binoculars out it was clear the colouring was wrong for that; "The deep red on the tummy, it had a white head, the lovely nutty brown colour on the back and wings."