That is One Big Parrot!
We are off to land down under to meet one extraordinary parrot! Who else is excited?
- Kakapos live on two islands south of New Zealand. They live in forest and scrublands.
- Kakapos are herbivores. They eat stems, fruit, shoots and bark. Their favorite fruit is the rimu berry!
- They can grow up to 25 inches and weigh up to 8 lbs.
- Kakapos are listed by the IUCN as critically endangered. There are only 125 birds left in the wild.
- Kakapos are the heaviest parrot in the world.
- They are nocturnal and solitary.
- Males make a “boom” sound during mating season. Their mating calls can be heard up to 3 miles away.
- Kakapos have an excellent sense of smell.
- They are also excellent climbers and can be seen in the tallest parts of the tree.
- Kakapos are also called the owl parrot!
We love these fat little parrots! There is great organization helping protect these birds from man introduced parrots, like rats and cats; Kakapo Recovery! There may only be only a few birds left, but this group is helping!