KAKAPO PARROT (Strigops habroptila) of New Zealand
- The Kākāpō (Māori: meaning night parrot), also called owl parrot,
- A species of large, flightless nocturnal parrot endemic to New Zealand.
- The Kakapo is critically endangered; as of February 2010, only 122 living individuals are known, most of which have been given names.
- Around 70 million years ago, the kakapo diverged from the genus Nestor.
- In the absence of mammalian predators, it lost the ability to fly.
- Because of Polynesian and European colonisation and the introduction of predators such as cats, rats, and stoats, the Kakapo was almost wiped out.
- The Kakapo is a large, rotund parrot; the male measures up to 60 centimetres (24 in) and weighs between 2 and 4 kilograms (4.5–9 lb) at maturity
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kakapo
Other Photos you might enjoy:
South Island Kaka Parrot
A kakapo, a flightless parrot from New Zealand, taken by photographer Shane McInnes.
This bird looks…..weird,is that a hunch on its back?
I take that back, it is!
Look at it here. Big but foremost, weird!