Back at my old Evolving Complexity blog, I did a few posts on the little known Kakapo, the flightless parrot from New Zealand. Now BBC Earth’s Life Is blog is sharing a short video on this delightful but extremely rare bird:
The kakapo is truly one of nature’s mavericks. The world’s only flightless parrot, and also its heaviest, it can also live up to 100 years and beyond.
Unfortunately, the kakapo is critically endangered and there so few, just over 100, most have been given names. But this bird typifies strength through adversity. It’s robust physique and well-developed claws make it an excellent climber and it can climb to the top of the tallest trees. It can even “parachute” down using the wings it still has.
Curious by nature, the kakapo gets on well with humans and conservation staff note that they even have distinct personalities. During mating seasons the males make a loud series of ‘boom’ sounds to attract the female that can be heard over half a mile away on a quiet night. But the kakapo only breeds in years where their favourite food, the fruit of the Rimu tree, is plentiful. This often only happens every three to five years. Amazingly the female can alter the sex of its offspring, producing more males when food is scarce and competition high by eating more proteins.
Dive in to our amazing interactive Life Is website for more great videos and photos.