This two-year-old male kākāpō is clinging to the twigs of a poroporo bush as he reaches for ripe fruit. Kākāpō eat a wide variety of foods from at least 25 plant species, but tend to breed only in years where there is a bumper crop of rimu fruit, beech seeds or other nutritious food. They are night foragers – this picture was taken at 11 p.m.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Department of Conservation
Photograph by Don Merton
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