A kākāpō (Strigops habroptilus) named Alice stands over her 45-day-old nestlings on Whenua Hou/Codfish Island, off the coast of Stewart Island, in April 2002. Her male and female nestlings, known as A1 and A2, each weighed around 1,240 grams. The flightless kākāpō is the world’s largest parrot and an intensive conservation effort is being made to save the species. Gigantism and loss of the ability to fly are common traits in endemic New Zealand land birds.
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Photograph by Don Merton
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