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 M?ori, appearing in many of their traditional legends and folklore.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 06 October 2009
Scientific Name
Strigops habroptila
  • Psittaciformes
  • Nestoridae
  • Strigops
  • S. habroptila
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Critically Endangered (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
24 inches
70 to 140 ounces


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

Czech (Cesky) Kakapo Soví
Danish (Dansk) Uglepapegøje
Dutch (Nederlands) Kakapo
Finnish (Suomi) Kakapo
French (Français) Strigops Kakapo
German (Deutsch) Kakapo
Italian (Italiano) Kakapo
Japanese (日本語) フクロウオウム(Fukurououmu)
Norwegian (Norsk) Uglepapegøye
Polish (Polski) Kakapo
Russian (русский язык) Какапо
Spanish (Español) Kakapo
Swedish (Svenska) Ugglepapegoja
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