It’s been far too long since I actually wrote about an animal.

This is a Kakapo, also known as the parrot owl. They live exclusively in New Zealand. Because New Zealand contained no mammals other than bats for millions of years, these parrots have few defenses against mammalian predators, including humans. In fact, according to the official Kakapo website, there are only around 62 birds left, who have been relocated to safe islands for breeding.

These birds weigh around 8 pounds, and are the heaviest parrot. They are also flightless, due to their years without predators. Because flight is so energetically expensive, it makes sense that if they did not require it for survival, that it would slowly degenerate away. If you look at their coloring, you can see one of their adaptations to their flightlessness. They are greenish on their backs, and brownish on their bellies. Similar to how a shark or dolphin is colored, this helps them blend in to the ground when something looks down on them from above.

No post about Kakapo would be complete without this video.


About Katie

I'm a student at MSU, but I drive safari trucks on my days off. I love animals, and I love trying to tell people about them. I also have an incurable obsession with Disney.
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