You’ve most likely never heard of the kakapo. And it’s no wonder, as this large parrot is extremely rare. In fact, it was so rare, the species was almost extinct.
But thanks to the New Zealand Department of Conservation, the kakapos have been relocated to an area where there are no predators – no cats, no rats, no foxes – nothing that can harm these big parrots.
Check out these fun facts on the kookie clumsy kakapo.
Did you know?
- Kakapos stink! They emit such a strong odor, it was easy for predators to find them.
- These birds cannot fly. But they do run along the ground and climb trees.
- The kakapo is nocturnal (mostly active at night). It hunts for food on the forest floor and in the trees.
- They dine on fruit, seeds, bulbs, small pine cones, flowers, and plants.
- This bird can weigh up to 8.8 pounds (4 kg).
- Kakapo males make a loud, booming sound to attract a mate. The sound can be heard over 7 miles (11.3 km) away.
- They can live up to 100 years!
Watch this fun video on this silly parrot!
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