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Kākāpō parrots

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

Source: The Conservation

 Context: Genetic mapping of the nearly entire kākāpō population, a critically endangered flightless parrot found only in New Zealand, has revealed valuable insights into specific traits crucial for conservation efforts.




About Kākāpō: 

The kākāpō, also known as the owl parrot, is a large, flightless parrot that is native to New Zealand.  Kākāpō are known for their unique appearance, which includes a facial disc, owl-like eyes, and a large, gray beak.

IUCN Status: critically endangered.


They only breed every few years, triggered by the availability of certain forest foods. Rimu fruit, which is part of the kākāpō diet, is thought to trigger breeding.