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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