Nestor productus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Nestor productus
Species Authority: (Gould, 1836)
Common Name(s):
English Norfolk Kaka, Norfolk Kaka
Taxonomic Notes: The taxon is occasionally regarded as conspecific with the threatened Kaka N. meridionalis from New Zealand1, but is generally given specific status2. N. norfolcensis is a synonym3.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Symes, A. & Butchart, S.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Brooks, T., Khwaja, N., Mahood, S.
This species was known from Norfolk Island, but went Extinct in the mid-late 1800s. Habitat clearance and hunting are thought to have been the major drivers.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Nestor productus was endemic to Norfolk Island (to Australia) and adjacent Phillip Island, Australia. It became extinct in the wild in the mid-19th century on Norfolk Island, and possibly a little later on Phillip Island. The last known living bird was in captivity in London in 1851 (Garnett et al. 2011). At least seven specimens exist (Forshaw and Cooper 1989).

Regionally extinct:
Norfolk Island
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It inhabited rocks and treetops, and was seen feeding on blossoms.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It was reportedly tame, and hence heavily hunted for food by convicts and early settlers and easily trapped as a pet.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Nestor productus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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