Fat and cuddly, the Kakapo is a very unique parrot breed that is in serious need for preservation. With just over a 100 of these birds alive on the entire face of earth, they are on the verge of extinction and one fine morning we may just come to know that they have joined the dinosaurs. Here are 30 interesting Kakapo facts that you will find interesting if you happen to be a bird lover. Even if you are not, we are pretty sure that you will fall in love with them because of their helpless looks.
Interesting Kakapo Facts: 1-10
1. Kakapo is a flightless parrot. Hell yes! It cannot fly, which is basically one of the reasons why this bird is on the verge of extinction.
2. The Kakapo is not just flightless. It is also the fattest and heaviest parrot known. A Kakapo can actually hit the weight of 4 kilograms.
3. This ground-dwelling parrot species is nocturnal by nature.
4. Kakapos are world’s longest-living birds. They can live up to 95 years on an average! The maximum they can live is 120 years.
5. The species is so endangered that only 126 of these birds are alive today.
6. This bird species is indigenous to New Zealand. Because of its critically endangered status, the species has been assigned a separate island as home.
7. The island is specially protected. There are no predatory animals like feral cats, stoats and rats on the island.
8. The Kakapos have faces that resemble that of owls. This is why they are also known as owl parrots.
9. Adults of this parrot species can reach a length of 58 to 64 centimeters. Males are usually bigger in size compared to females.
10. The average weight of males is 2 kilograms while the females have an average weight of 1.5 kilograms.