January 16, 2019 By Adam John 0

Kakapo-The world’s largest parrot which cannot fly

The kakapo or night parrot, also called owl parrot (Strigops habroptilus).

Kakapo is a species of large, flightless, nocturnal, ground-dwelling parrot of the super-family Strigopoidea.

It cannot fly. In fact, it is the only flightless parrot in the world. It is also the only parrot that is active at night, an adaptation that helps it escape the notice of predators.

Most parrots look the same whether they are male or female but the female kakapo is smaller than the male, with a longer tail and a longer beak.it can jump and is good at climbing trees to eat fruits.Sadly, the kakapo is now one of the rarest birds in the world.

Lifespan: 95 years

Mass: Male: 2 – 4 kg (Adult)

Scientific name: Strigops habroptilus

Order: Psittaciformes

Class: Aves

Did you know: Though the Kakapo cannot fly, it is an excellent climber, ascending to the crowns of the tallest trees.

The kakapo is critically endangered; as of August 2018, the total known adult population was 148 living individuals, all of which are named. Because of the introduction of predators such as cats, rats, ferrets, and stoats during European colonisation, the kakapo was almost wiped out. Conservation efforts began in the 1890s, but they were not very successful until the implementation of the Kakapo Recovery Programme in 1995