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from BBC Nature

The 100 most distinct and rare birds

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from The Independent

World's rarest bird pictures: A dance in search of a partner

# Kakapo, large, flightless, nocturnal, ground dwelling parrot of New Zealand. Critically endangered, estimated 130 left. Has a highly developed sense of smell.

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"Kuia, the most precious female kakapo of all, carries the precious Fiordland genes of her father Richard Henry" via Kakapo Advocacy

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from Active Adventures

New Zealand Adventure Tours

Kakapo: rare bird of NZ: only 62 left in existence. The name comes from the Maori language, meaning “night parrot”

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Feathers of the flightless kakapo are being flown around the world as part of a Massey biologist’s quest to understand the role of the critically endangered native parrot’s sense of smell and the power of male feather fragrance on breeding behaviour.

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One of the rarest birds of all is New Zealand's Kakapo, which is a flightless bird. The species has been largely wiped out by introduced predatory mammals such as feral cats, stoats, and possum; being hunted as game and for its feathers; and they reproduce only every 3-5 years. For over 100 years New Zealand has made efforts to protect the species. In 1989 it instituted a new recovery program, and now can be seen a slow but steady increase in numbers.

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Super cool ground Parrot off the coast of New Zealand! Smells like honey, woofs like a dog, and "chings" like a cash register. Weighs about 8 pounds. Facinating!

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New Zealand Kea: alpine parrot, the Kea, frequents high mountain passes of the South Island. Photograph by Steve Reekie.

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