Features Kakariki Parrots, also known as the Red Crowned Parakeet, Yellow Crowned Parakeet and Ornage-Fronted Parakeet (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae and Cyanoramphus auriceps).
Of the Red Crowned Parakeet, Buller says "when on the wing it utters a hurried chattering note...when alarmed or calling its fellows it emits a cry resembling twenty eight". Of the Yellow Crowned Parakeet, Buller says "it loves...the tutu bush and to regale itself of its juicy berries...on these occasions it is easily snared by the natives...who use a flax noose on a slender rod". Of the Orange Fronted Parakeet, Buller says "Mr. Reischek met with this little Parrakeet in the scrub on the summit of Mount Alexander (above Lake Brunner); and he met with the species again on the Hen, where he shot two, and on the Little Barrier, where he observed another pair on the highest peak and killed the male. It does not exist on the opposite mainland, nor indeed, so far as I am aware, in any part of the North Island. At Nelson I saw many caged birds of this species, and one in particular was remarkable for the clear manner in which it articulated the words “pretty Dick,” repeating them all day long in the most untiring way."
Walter Buller KCMG (1838 - 1906) was a New Zealand lawyer and naturalist. His work, "A History of the Birds of New Zealand", was first published in 1873 and as an extended version in 1888. It is regarded as a classic of ornithology and New Zealand wildlife and describes several now extinct birds.
The artist who illustrated the birds was John Gerrard Keulemanns, regarded as one of the finest wildlife illustrators of all time.