9 Nov 2015

Kākā chick put down

11:22 am on 9 November 2015

A kākā chick with a deformed beak has been euthanised in Wellington.

The Department of Conservation put the bird down as its severe crossbill would have meant the chick would not have been able to feed or survive in the wild.

Wellington City Council says deformed beaks in chicks are commonly caused by inappropriate food, such as nuts, which it suspects the chick's parents were fed by the public.

It says people need to stop feeding kākā, which are a threatened species.