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Kakapo  

Also Known As: Owl Parrot
 
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Kakapo closeup

Credit: © Brent Barrett

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Did You Know?
The kakapo is flightless and is the largest parrot by weight in the world.

Species Profile
Genus:
Strigops

Species:
habroptilus

Size: Adult Weight:
65cm (25.3 in) 1.5-3.0kg (52.5-105 oz) males; 950g-1.6kg (31.6-56 oz) females

Races including nominate:
one

Colourization Adult: Male-upperparts green with irregular barring and mottling to the plumage, colours black, brown and yellow; underparts green/yellow, irregularly barred pale yellow and brown; yellow/brown facial disc; outer primary feathers tipped with yellow; tail green/brown with yellow barring and black flecks. Bill grey tipped pale grey/white; eye dark brown. Female: smaller in size, with smaller bill; outer primary feathers tipped green/brown.

Colourization Juvenile: As in adult but generally duller in colour; forehead and facial disc less prominent and more brown; outer primary feathers pointed, not rounded tips. Bill yellow/white.

Call: Wide variety of squeals, shrieks, sounding like a pig; also donkey-like braying. Repetitious bell sounds. Booming by males during mating season ("lek" display) is repeated 15-20 times at intervals of 2 seconds apiece, continued for many hours.

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Content Sources:

CITES http://www.cites.org/eng/resources/species.html

BirdLife International http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/index.html?action=SpcHTMDetails.asp&sid=1492&m=0

Kakapo Recovery Programme http://www.kakaporecovery.org.nz/kakapointro.html

ARKive http://www.arkive.org/

Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi and Grajal, 2000.

Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1989.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.