I was lucky to get this photo, the Kaka flew into a tree close to me and I only had a few seconds to shoot before he flew off over my head back into the forest.
The New Zealand Kaka is a medium sized parrot, around 45 cm (18 in) in
length and weighing about 550 g. The forehead and crown are
greyish-white and the nape is greyish-brown. The neck and abdomen are
more reddish, while the wings are more brownish. It has a strongly
patterned brown/green/grey plumage with orange and scarlet flashes
under the wings.
The New Zealand Kaka lives in lowland and mid-altitude native forest. It feeds on fruits, berries, seeds, flowers, buds, nectar and invertebrates. It uses its strong beak to shred the cones of the kauri tree to obtain the seeds. It has a brush tongue with which it feeds on nectar, and it uses its strong beak to dig out the grubs of the longhorn beetle. New Zealand Kaka make their nests in hollow trees, laying clutches of 2 to 4 eggs in late winter. Both parents assist in feeding the chicks.