A relative of the kea, the kākā is a large parrot that is found in many parts of Southland. Kākā are infamous for their raucous voices, and Māori used to refer to them as chattering and gossiping because of the large congregations they would form. Kākā are found in many parts of Fiordland and are a common sight on Stewart Island too, where their vibrant red feathers can often be spotted in the canopy of trees.

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