Parrots (Psittacidae)

Malherbe's Parakeet (Cyanoramphus malherbi) - HBW 4, p. 372

French: Perruche de Malherbe German: Malherbesittich Spanish: Perico Maorí Montano
Other common names: Orange-fronted Parakeet(!)

Taxonomy: Cyanoramphus Malherbi Souancé, 1857, South Island, New Zealand.
Since 1974 the view that this is a colour morph of C. auriceps has gained wide acceptance, but very recent evidence suggests assortative mating among the few surviving wild birds, so specific status should perhaps be retained. Monotypic.

Distribution: Formerly scattered through most of New Zealand; now confined to N South I.