The kaka (nestor meridionaus) is the noisy and sociable bird of the forest. They live mostly on New Zealand’s off shore Islands and their numbers are low. Their call resembles a creaky door, they can live up to 20 years. Two species are found one in the North and one in the South Island. North island kaka has olive-brown plumage, the South Island kaka has brighter green and crimson plumage and almost white crown.They eat nectar, fruit, berries, sap, seeds, insects and grubs. They breed in September, laying an average of four white eggs in a hollow tree or branch. They are very vulnerable to predators. We occasionally see them in the Puketi Forest. There is a colony of nine birds residing in private land not far from the forest. With all the conservation work being undertaken in Puketi Forest they may in time find it a safe place to breed.