Up Close and Personal

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”. Click this link to hear the kākāpō.



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