Fact Sheet: Kakarikis

No licence required.

Two species exist: Red-fronted and Yellow-fronted.

FEEDING

DRY SEED MIXTURE: comprising millets and plain canary seed. Sunflower seed and Hulled Oats should also be available.

FRESH WATER: for drinking and bathing

REGULAR GREENS: such as milk thistle, endive, dandelion, seeding grasses, etc.

CUTTLEFISH, SHELLGRIT, CHARCOAL.

VARIETY FOODS: Apple, corn on cob, capsicum, eucalyptus leaves, non-toxic buds and flowers.

HOUSING

AVIARIES*: minimum height 90cm; 10000 sq.cm. first bird, add 5000sq.cm. per extra bird

CAGES*: minimum height 90cm; 5000 sq.cm. first bird, add 2500 sq.cm. per extra bird

PLANTS: some individuals chew the plants in the aviary. Beware of toxic plants

MIXING: will mix with other birds. Keep species separate since these two species will readily hybridise.

SPECIAL CARE: being a genus from a cold-climate, these birds have very thick down as chicks. Heat can affect them seriously in summer. These birds enjoy foraging on the ground.

*In Victoria, a Code of Practice for the housing of caged birds applies to the keeping of birds in captivity and requires you to provide adequate space, food, water, etc. for your birds. These codes are available from Agriculture Victoria.

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(NOTE: ALL LICENCING INFORMATION RELATES TO VICTORIA ONLY)

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