One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large New Zealand parrot with olive-brown and dull green upper parts and reddish underparts.
Nestor meridionalis, family Psittacidae
- ‘They attack the birds that nest in holes, so a heavy seeding puts birds such as the kaka, parakeet and yellowhead more at risk.’
- ‘Pigeons, kaka and tui were abundant and the river ran thick with eels.’
- ‘Also reliant on honeydew are the threatened New Zealand parrots known as kaka.’
- ‘Her announcement ended: ‘In these forests the future now belongs to the kereru, the kiwi and the kaka.’’
- ‘The result is that the female kaka have been seriously reduced in numbers.’
Late 18th century: from Maori.
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