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Kakapo




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Latin name: Strigops habroptilus
Category: Endemic
Characteristics: 63 cm, flightless, nocturnal, the worlds largest parrot. Males weigh up to 3kg
Status: Highly endangered with a population of 83
Distribution: Only located on preditor free Codfish and Maud Islands (no access) where they are managed by the Department of Conservation.
Food: Seeds, shoots, rhizomes and foliage.
Nests: Shallow burrows, hollow logs and beneath tree roots.

That "boom" sound you hear in the bird song below is the males mating call. The sound can travel up to 5km. Added: I am not sure if you can hear it or not, maybe it's my soundcard playing up but there should be a booming noise in the background.





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