What is a kākāpō?
Nothing can prepare you for a meeting with a kākāpō. They are, without doubt, one of the most remarkable birds in the world.
– It cannot fly, although it has large wings
– It walks and jumps and is an excellent climber
– It is nocturnal and can be found feeding on the ground or 20m up a rimu tree
– It “skraarks” loudly like other parrots but you might mistake other calls for a braying donkey, a grunting or squealing pig, a booming bittern; and it also produces a nasal metallic noise called “chinging”.
More facts about the kākāpō
– It’s the heaviest parrot in the world
– It’s possibly the longest-lived bird species in the world; the low adult mortality rate suggests a mean life expectancy of 90 years
– It’s the only parrot that has a ‘lek’ breeding system
Read on to learn some more about this fascinating bird: