While she has not been seen for a while, the kaka which
returned to the Dunedin Botanic Garden appears still to be
living in her birthplace.
The kaka was believed to have been one relocated to the
Orokonui Ecosanctuary aviary last May and released into the
wider environs in August.
Garden aviary supervisor Tim Cotter said the gardeners had
continued to notice unusual damage to plants which it was
believed was done by the kaka.
She stripped bark from trees and broke young branches off
before hollowing out the end.
''It's a unique sign.''
No-one had managed to get close to the bird when she made a
rare appearance and she was very quiet compared to the birds
in the aviary, he said.
She would not be captured or let into the aviary, as the
breeding programme's purpose was to re-establish the birds in
Ecosanctuary general manager Chris Baillie said staff were
not concerned other kaka would follow her, as they would have
done so by now had they wanted to.
They had also decided if she was brought back she would
likely return to the gardens, she said.
It was possible she was seeing a male to bond with, as there
were more females than males at the ecosanctuary.