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About the Kakapo

The Kakapo, or Owl Parrot, is a large flightless parrot that is endemic to New Zealand. It is critically endangered; as of April 2009 there were only 125 living individuals known.

Historically, the bird has been important to the indigenous people of New Zealand, the Māori, appearing in many of their traditional legends and folklore.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 06 October 2009
Scientific Name Strigops habroptila
  • Psittaciformes
  • Nestoridae
  • Strigops
  • S. habroptila
Birdorable Family Parrots & Parakeets
Conservation Status Critically Endangered
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 July 2017)
Measurements
Units: Imperial Metric
24 inches
70 to 140 ounces
Range Australia and New Zealand

Conservation

From IUCN Red List:
The Kakapo is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2015 by BirdLife International. This species only survives as a tiny population on four offshore islands. With the instigation of intensive management in 1995, numbers are now increasing, but the population trend over the last three generations has still been extremely rapid; it therefore qualifies as Critically Endangered.

International Names

  • Kakapo Soví (Czech)
  • Uglepapegøje (Danish)
  • Kakapo (Dutch)
  • Kakapo (Finnish)
  • Strigops Kakapo (French)
  • Kakapo (German)
  • Kakapo (Italian)
  • フクロウオウム(Fukurououmu) (Japanese)
  • Uglepapegøye (Norwegian)
  • Kakapo (Polish)
  • Какапо (Russian)
  • Kakapo (Spanish)
  • Ugglepapegoja (Swedish)

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