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Date:11/24/2014 5:01:29 PM
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Hello Martini~
I hope the family had lots of fun! A lot of schools are starting now. Too bad they couldn't wait until after Labor Day!
I think when that boy does leave, you are going to miss him! I bet when he comes home for visits, you will be really happy to see him! Or not!hehehehehe I sometimes act like that around my boy too! It keeps them on their toes!

Here is today's parakeet blog!

Today I am featuring the Red-Fronted Parakeet! These birds are just awesome and I hope you get to take a peek at them in my gallery. They are also called Red-Fronted Kakarikis.

The Red-Fronted Parakeet is green with a red front. They have violet-blue feathers under their wings! There is a natural mutation that is yellow and some that are pied also. This parakeet has to have DNA to figure out who is a boy and who is a girl! They live in rainforests, costal forests and in tunnels in cliffs. They are omnivores! They eat seeds, fruits, shoots, leaves and dead animal carcass. Sort of like crows!

The Red-Fronted Parakeet was from New Zealand! I say was because they are now extinct in New Zealand! Don't be upset because they are still found on Kermadea Island, Three Kings, Kapiti Island and Stewart Island. These Island are off the coast of New Zealand. There is also a breeding program going on at Norfolk Island which is between New Zealand, Australia and New Caledonia. It has been very successful but these birds are still listed as CITES I which means they are very vulnerable. They are protected and no export is allowed.

The reasons given for their extinction on New Zealand's mainland was Europeans cutting down the forest to create farmland. There were also animals introduced to area that were not native species. The Cat, the Weasel and the Stoat. The Stoat looks like a little Weasel and is native to the Northern Hemisphere. They have them in England.

The Stoats were brought in to New Zealand to control the over population of rabbits. Now, the rabbits were brought in during the 1870's to be used for food and as game animals by the Europeans who cleared out the forest. It got out of control so they brought the Stoat's in to control the rabbits. Unfortunately the Stoat's also became a major predator to the Red-Fronted Parakeets and many other birds. It seems that the birds that survived left to go live on the Islands. Now, the Stoat's, who is just about as good as the rabbits at having babies, is out of control and are now being trapped and killed by the humans who started the whole thing to begin with! Is this crazy or what?? My grandma always said you should never, ever mess with Mother Nature! I guess she was right!

I looked for Red-Fronted Parakeet for sale but only found a listing for England. They are about $200. I found one Red-Fronted Kakarikis on BC so there must be breeders somewhere in the United States.

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