Kakapo Facts

Kakapo Facts – The Flightless Parrot

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.

  1. 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).
  2. Males are larger than females. Females weigh to average 1.4 kg, and males to average 2.2 kg.
  3. 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.
  4. They use their short wings to balance, support and parachuting while leaping from the trees.
  5. 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.
  6. The name “kakapo” comes from the Maori “kākāpō”, meaning kākā (parrot) + (night).
  7. George Robert Gray, an English ornithologist, who originally described the kakapo in 1845 and named Strigops habroptilus.
  8. Kakapos are herbivores. They like to eat fruits, seeds, leaves, stems, buds, and flowers.
  9. Kakapos are nocturnal species. They roost in trees or on the ground during the day and roams in its territories at night.
  10. The kakapo has a well-developed sense of smell, which enhances its nocturnal lifestyle.
  11. They are smell like musty-sweet – making it easier for predators to find them.
  12. 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.
  13. On average, the kakapos can live for about 60 years. Moreover, they are capable to survive for almost 90 years.
  14. Kakapo has been listed as a critically endangered species, and only 147 Kakapos left in the wild.
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