Meet the Kakapo

  • The kakapo parrot hails from New Zealand. It is a nocturnal, ground-dwelling, solitary parrot.
  • It the only flightless and nocturnal parrot.
  • It developed in a country which had virtually no mammals or predators living on it, so they became flightless.
  • The kakapo is not closely related to any other member of the parrot family.
  • The kakapo has a keel-less sternum which makes it incapable of flying in the traditional sense. It “parachutes” rather than “flies.”
  • The kakapo has a lifespan of more than 60 to 90 years.
  • The kakapo lives mainly on the ground but is capable of climbing trees.
  • They are now extinct on mainland New Zealand. Their numbers became so low, they had to be relocated to islands with no predators for their safety. This effectively made them extinct on the main islands of New Zealand.
  • With your help, the kakapo could be saved. Learn more about them at Kakapo Recovery Program

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3 comments

  • I have been supporting Kakapos for several years now. They are fabulous birds! You can follow Dr. Andrew Digby on Twitter — takapodigs and Sirocco Kakapo --Spokesbird.

    DJ Zee
  • There’s a great video of David Attenborough and conservationist Carl Dean where a male kakapo that decides to mate with the Dean’s head (youtube “shagged by a rare parrot”). The parrot is so happy and the dialog is hilarious.

    Charlene Huntley
  • The first time I learned about Kakapos was in a TED talk by Douglas Adams… Email me a link for donation to the project – I’ve seen and can link to a few videos about the Kakapo and would love to pass that along to my social media bird freinds.

    Thanks!

    Kevin Paramore

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