One of a kind and a large heavy – much nocturnal and flightless – linebreeding avian oddity

When these two qualities are combined with the fact that it is also a nocturnal, linebreeding parrot, it becomes somewhat of an anomaly!

One of a kind and a large heavy - much nocturnal and flightless - linebreeding avian oddity

The Kakapo (Strigops habroptilus) is the biggest native parrot in New Zealand.

It has no wings, is nocturnal, and lives alone.

The species reached a low point in the mid-1990s, when there were barely 50 birds remaining following extensive predation, primarily from imported predators.

An intense conservation effort has rescued the species from extinction.

One of a kind and a large heavy - much nocturnal and flightless - linebreeding avian oddity

Kakapo have finely brownish gray yellow-green to aquamarine plumage, with more yellow on the belly.

They feature a gray beak, short gray legs, an owl-shaped face, and tiny gliding wings.

Kakapo is a solitary bird that forage on the ground for leaves, buds, flowers, fern fronds.

Bark, roots, rhizomes, bulbs, fruit, and seeds.

Then, at night, they climb trees to roost throughout the day.

After a successful fruiting season, the breeding season takes place in the summer and fall.

One of a kind and a large heavy - much nocturnal and flightless - linebreeding avian oddity

Males congregate in linebreeding “arenas,” which consist of a series of bowls where they make deep, booming cries to lure females.

The sound, which resembles a distant brief sonic boom, can travel for several kilometers.

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