That is One Big Parrot!

That is One Big Parrot!

We are off to land down under to meet one extraordinary parrot! Who else is excited?

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • They are nocturnal and solitary.
  • Males make a “boom” sound during mating season. Their mating calls can be heard up to 3 miles away.

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  • 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!

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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!

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One thought on “That is One Big Parrot!

  1. dangrdafne

    I have never heard of this bird. Very interesting.

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