Kakapo is one of the longest living birds in the world. It is a large, flightless, nocturnal, ground-dwelling species of parrot, endemic to New Zealand. It is also called owl parrot.
Here we’re going to look at 14 facts about kakapo that will blow your mind.
- Kakapo can reach 58 to 64 cm (23 to 25 inches) in length and weigh in between 0.95 to 4 kg (2 to 9 pounds).
- Males are larger than females. Females weigh to average 1.4 kg, and males to average 2.2 kg.
- The kakapos can not fly, as they have smaller wings compared to their size and lack of keel on the breastbone that anchors the flight muscles.
- They use their short wings to balance, support and parachuting while leaping from the trees.
- The kakapos are the heaviest living species of parrot and weigh about 400 grams (14 ounces) more than the largest flying parrot, the hyacinth macaw.
- The name “kakapo” comes from the Maori “kākāpō”, meaning kākā (parrot) + pō (night).
- George Robert Gray, an English ornithologist, who originally described the kakapo in 1845 and named Strigops habroptilus.
- Kakapos are herbivores. They like to eat fruits, seeds, leaves, stems, buds, and flowers.
- Kakapos are nocturnal species. They roost in trees or on the ground during the day and roams in its territories at night.
- The kakapo has a well-developed sense of smell, which enhances its nocturnal lifestyle.
- They are smell like musty-sweet – making it easier for predators to find them.
- When a kakapo feels threatened, it becomes freeze and hopes to blend in the background. However, it does not work against mammals, which hunt with odour instead of sight.
- On average, the kakapos can live for about 60 years. Moreover, they are capable to survive for almost 90 years.
- Kakapo has been listed as a critically endangered species, and only 147 Kakapos left in the wild.