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Kākāpō and nestlings

Kākāpō and nestlings

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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Bob Brockie, 'Native plants and animals – overview - Unusual characteristics of animals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 July 2024)

Story by Bob Brockie, published 24 Sep 2007