|Size||20-24 in (50-60 cm)|
|Weight||4.4-8.8 lb (2-4 kg)|
|Food||Plants, insects, pollen, seeds, fruit, invertebrates|
|Family||New Zealand parrots|
|Scientific name||Strigops habroptilus|
|Characteristics||A parrot that can’t fly|
The kakapo is the only parrot in the world that can’t fly. It has a face veil like an owl, and smells like flowers, honey and beeswax. Kakapos are active at night.
The Kakapo was Saved!
The kakapo was at risk of dying out. There were only a few more than 65 birds left. But in 1989, animal conservationists started a crazy campaign. The “Kakapo Recovery” project raised money and then gave each remaining kakapo a name and a tracker before releasing them on four different islands. There, the conservationists looked after the kakapos. They even got rid of all the rats on Codfish Island so that they didn’t kill the kakapo chicks.
The female doesn’t get broody every year, only when the rimu tree has fruited. They lay 3-4 eggs, and the chicks hatch after 30 days. After 10 weeks, they don’t need their parents anymore and go their separate ways.
A kakapo can live to be 90 years old!
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