Entries in Nestor meridionalis - Kaka (28)
Researchers hope a study of Wellington's kaka and feral pigeon populations will shed light on the sometimes tense relationship between people and wildlife in urban areas.
Six kaka were found dead in the forest, where the native parrots had been seen "tampering" with bait stations, the Conservation Department said.
DOC's threats unit manager Jeff Flavell said the dead birds were found late last year, and toxicology results just back showed three had ingested the rat poison diphacinone.
There were about 100 kaka living in the 942-hectare forest, and some had been seen getting into the ground-based plastic distribution systems containing the cereal-pellets, which were laced with poison.
Zealandia conservation manager Raewyn Empson said a small number of people living near the Karori sanctuary had called with complaints about the rare parrots eating plums from their trees. One had called threatening to kill the endangered bird, which Ms Empson said was "very unwise", given that they were strictly protected.
However, most who called to report kaka sightings were thrilled to see them. Ms Empson said Wellington was the only city with a breeding population. "All indications are that the kaka are here to stay."
The birds tended to gather at dawn and squawk noisily, but Ms Empson said their song had not generated complaints – a far cry from 2008, when the sanctuary said people were ringing to complain about noisy tui, after an explosion in their numbers.