The kākāpō is a parrot unlike any other.
One of the most notable features of the kākāpō, is its distinctive, musty odour. And then there’s the way it looks and behaves…
- It’s a parrot that looks like an owl, or a giant budgie
- 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”.