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Monday, December 4, 2017

MALHERBE'S PARAKEET OR NEW ZEALAND'S ORANGE-FRONTED PARAKEET, BLUMINE/ORUAWAIRUA ISLAND, QUEEN CHARLOTTE SOUND, NEW ZEALAND

   We can ID this parrot as a Malherbe's Parakeet or New Zealand's Orange-fronted Parakeet by its predominantly bright green body (with bluish tint), distinctive orange frontal band (this distinguishes it from the very similar Yellow-crowned Parakeet) on its yellow crown and silver-grey bill with dark tip.
   This parakeet is endemic to New Zealand, where it is restricted to a few valleys on the South Island and four offshore islands.  In New Zealand it is called the Orange-fronted Parakeet; in the rest of the world it is known as Malherbe's Parakeet.   It should not be confused  with the simarily named, but different species, the Orange-fronted Parakeet of Central America.
   Malherbe's Parakeet is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 747.