Story: Large forest birds

Kākāpō in a tree

Kākāpō in a tree

Being flightless doesn’t prevent kākāpō from climbing trees. When the birds were more common, Māori complained about them getting into food stores – they were sometimes considered a pest. On the other hand, some were kept as pets – Governor George Grey described a pet kākāpō which interacted with humans as a dog would.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Large forest birds - Kākāpō', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2023)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015, updated 1 Aug 2023