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    This Wild and Wonderful World of Ours! πŸ¦‰

    Introducing.....The Kakapo



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    The Kakapo, also called owl parrot, giant flightless nocturnal parrot of New Zealand. With a face like an owl a posture like a penguin and a walk like a duck, the extraordinarily tame and gentle kakapo is one of strangest and rarest birds on Earth.

    The kakapo has strong legs that make it an excellent hiker and climber. On the ground, they move around with a jog-like gait. They can also climb tall trees and use their wings to help "parachute" to the forest floor.

    One of their defenses is to freeze and hope to blend into the background when danger is near. This worked well when their only predators were eagles that use sight to hunt; it is not so successful with introduced mammalian predators that rely on their sense of smell to find prey.

    The kakapo has a well-developed sense of smell, useful in its nocturnal lifestyle. It also has what's described as a musty-sweet odor. This likely helps kakapos find each other in the forest; unfortunately, it helps introduced mammalian predators find them, too.

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    Heaviest of the world’s parrots, the 64-cm (25-inch) kakapo weighs up to 6 kg (13 pounds) and has moss-colored green-and-brown plumage, a long, rounded tail, and a stout, blunt, pale yellow bill. On its brownish gray legs, the parrot waddles long distances to feeding areas, where it chews plants for their juices and digs up rhizomes to crush them with its ridged bill.

    Males construct pathways to excavated mating arenas known as leks where they gather in traditional spots to call and display for females. In a plate-sized depression often at the crest of a rocky knoll, the male inflates his chest like a bloated bullfrog, heaves his thorax, bobs his head, and releases a resonant boom like the sound made by blowing across the top of a large bottle. The call lasts all night and carries for half a mile (0.8 km). Females nest in holes in the ground, where they rear two or three white, pear-shaped chicks alone.


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    The Kakapo is one of the world’s most endangered species, with a known population of around 210 as of June of 2020.


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    It’s the only parrot in the world that mates by lekking: Males line up to put on a mating display en masse, and the females pick their favorites.

    Unfortunately these lovebirds only breed an average of three times a decade, when the fruit of the Rimu tree is abundant making it one of the most endangered birds. Over half of eggs laid are infertile.

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    Kakapos live slow-paced lives, breeding at the very late age of four years old for males and six years old for females. Their life expectancy is over 90 years, possibly the longest expectancy among birds.

    Both the Māori and early European settlers kept kakapos as pets. Even wild kakapos are known to approach, climb on, and preen people. George Edward Grey, the English ornithologist who first described the kakapo in 1845, once wrote that his pet kakapo's behavior towards him and his friends was "more like that of a dog than a bird."



    πŸ’« Star lover

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    WOW so interesting, thank you. Now I want a pair, LOL!!
    Blessed are the children of the piecemakers for they shall inherit the quilts!

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      #3
      Very interesting. And only 210 of them! Sad

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        #4
        Very interesting. Thanks for sharing this.
        Carlie

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          #5
          So interesting. I've never heard of these birds. Thanks for sharing.

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