Kaka Parrots Saved by Pest Control Programme
The endangered kaka parrots in New Zealand’s Waitutu Forest have seen their population boosted surprisingly by a record breeding season. The record breeding season for the rare birds comes after a large-scale pest control operation carried out by New Zealand’s DOC (Department of Conservation). The aim of the operation was to rid the forest of most vermin such as possums, stoats and rats – which had been blamed as the reason for declining kaka parrot populations, as they often kill young parrots. Numbers of possums have now reduced by 95% in the area of the forest. No birds were harmed in the operation and evidence now shows that kaka parrots, amongst others, are gaining in demographic strength.