Kingdom : Animalia
                   Class : Aves
                Family : Nestoridae
 Scientific Name : Strigops Habroptilus

                     Size : 50 - 60cm (19.7 - 24in)
                Weight : 2 - 4kg (4.5 - 9lbs)
            Life Span : 50 - 65 years

                Colour : Green, Brown
           Skin Type : Feathers
Special Features : Large body size and
                                unable to fly
  1. Kakapos are the heaviest species of parrot in the world.
  2. They are also one of the largest species of parrot, growing to an average height of 60cm.
  3. They weigh around 2-4 kg and are unable to fly because of this weight.
  4. They are native to the forests in New Zealand and cannot be found anywhere in the world in the wild.
  5. They evolved as ground-dwelling birds as there were no mammals to hunt them previously.
  6. They are one of the most critically endangered species today as their population has almost been wiped out.
  7. This is due to the introduction of predators like cats, rats and stouts by the European settlers.
  8. Apart from that, the local tribesmen have also hunted them extensively for their meat and their feathers.
  9. They have short wings which they use to balance while hopping around and to break their fall while leaping.
  10. Their large scaly feet with toes and sharp claws help them climb up the trees.
  11. They are also known as the owl parrot because of their large eyes, head and beak.
  12. Kakapos are herbivore feeding on seeds, fruits (especially the fruit of the Rimu tree), nuts, flowers and berries
  13. Kakapos breed only in the years when there is plenty of food supply.
  14. The males attract the females during the mating season through elaborate display and loud calls.
  15. They start breeding quite late in their lives.
  16. They are very long living birds and are known to have an average lifespan of around 60 years.
  17. Though many of the individuals live on to be nearly 100 years old.

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