Animals
Passionate Parrot
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New Zealand is inhabited by a variety of unusual animals which evolved in isolation. The Kakapo is a rare, endangered flightless parot (total population around 62), that is found in the beech forests of South Island and Little Barrier Island. It is about half a metre long. Its plumage is green, speckled with black and brown bars. It moves slowly along the ground, searching for berries, roots and small prey like lizards. Kakapos mate once every three or four years, and that, only when food is abundant. Male kakapos dig out hollows or bowls in the earth. They maintain the bowls carefully, even clipping the plants that line the edges. Then follows the most bizarre vocal concert in the bird world. Each male kakapo sits near a bowl and starts ‘booming’.

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Air sacs in the chest and belly inflate to produce a deep bass sound that resembles distant thunder. The calls start softly, increase to a crescendo and then fade away. They can be heard 1-5 kilometres away, depending on the wind direction. Kakapos call a thousand times in a hour and for 6-7 hours every night for three to four months!
The calls attract a female who arrives at the bowl, looking for the bird with the best vocals. Once she makes a selection there is a brief dancing display by the male and mating occurs. Two to three eggs are laid, after which the male loses interest and leaves the female to hatch the eggs and bring up the young.



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