Wildlife paintings, portraits & pet portraits by New Zealand Artist Karen Neal

"NZ Kaka" (New Zealand Native Forest Parrot)

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After spending time with these wonderful native parrots on Stewart Island, I had to produce an artwork from the many photographs I found myself taking! Feeding Kaka on Stewart Island was such an unexpected treat, I had only ever seen one Kaka before and that was in Auckland Zoo, so to see them up so close and in the wild was wonderful. When we arrived at our Stewart Island "bach", there was a welcoming party of 7 Kakas, very cheeky and inquisitive, but actually incredible gentle despite their powerful beaks!! (you can see footage handfeeding the Kakas in our video link below).

For those not familiar with Kakas, they are a forest parrot endemic to New Zealand.

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Kaka native parrot bird artwork by NZ Wildlife artist Karen Neal


Here is a couple of photos from the experience. This is how close the Kakas got, we handfed them nuts & fruit from our hands, very gentle birds despite their powerful beaks!!

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