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Norfolk Island Parakeet - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Norfolk Parakeet, Norfolk Island Green Parrot

Photo by Ken Doy
Norfolk Island, May 2016
Cyanoramphus cookii


27 cm (10½ in)

  • Greenish overall plumage
  • Red forehead
  • Red spot behind the eye


Norfolk Island


Sometime included in Red-crowned Parakeet[3]


Clements recognizes these subspecies[1]:

  • C. c. cookii: Norfolk Island
  • C. c. subflavescens: Formerly Lord Howe Island, Extinct


Forest and orchards



They vary their diet according to the season; buds and blossom in spring, fruit during the summer months; autumnal seeds and seeds and fruit in the winter.


They use holes for nesting, in trees or cliffs.


A breeding programme is in place to help recover their numbers. In addition rats and mice are being trapped and introduced Rosellas culled. This species take over the parakeet's nesting holes and will remove any nestlings.


  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2016)
  4. Birdforum Member observations

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