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Kaka banding program a success

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/04/2016

Wellington's Zealandia staff monitoring kaka nests will give it a rest.

Numbers of the native birds have rebounded to such an extent that staff at the sanctuary are bringing the banding and nestbox monitoring program to an end after nearly 15 years.

"It's the end of an era, the species no longer needs to be intensely monitored so it's job done in that respect," conservation lead ranger Matu Booth said.

"But at the same time we'll be continuing to refresh the nestboxes they use each season and keep an eye on the overall population health."

More than 750 of the bush parrots have been banded since they were reintroduced into the fenced wildlife sanctuary in 2002.

While the 36 nestboxes will no longer be monitored twice a week, they will continued to be maintained.

The last two kaka chicks were banded early April, and are expected to fledge soon.

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