Kaka Foraging 

Most common native tree species preferred for foraging by Kaka on the upper North Island mainland (seasonal) include;


Puriri

Kahikatea

Rimu

Kauri

Totara

Kowhai

Pohutukawa

Rata

Porokaiwhiri

Rewarewa

Karo

Puakou

Kanuka and Manuka


Kaka are also opportunistic omnivores.  They strip pieces of bark from some tree species to forage for insects.  They also feed on a range of exotic tree species on the mainland.  The most common of these include Eucalypt species, Pinus species, and garden trees such as magnolias, banksia, bottlebrush, flowering cherry, mandarins, persimmons, apple ... and many other species of fruit and nut trees.

Foraging