The New Zealand Kākā, is a parrot endemic to New Zealand. While closely related to the more famous Kea and looking similar, Kaka have a darker plumage and live in lowlands up to mid-altitude forest rather than alpine areas like the Kea. They are about 45 cm (18 in) in length and weigh about 550g. There are two recognised subspecies, the North Island Kaka, and the South Island Kaka. Kaka in Māoritanga simply means 'parrot'.
The forehead and crown of the Kaka are grey to white with the back of the neck being greyish-brown. The rest of the neck and abdomen are reddish, while the wings are brown. They have a brownish to green patterned plumage with orange and scarlet highlights under the wings.