Rare kakapo parrots lay eggs in New Zealand


This is a BBC kakapo video.

From Wildlife Extra:

Kakapo Breeding Season Off To a Strong Start

February 2008. The breeding season of the kakapo, New Zealand’s most endangered bird, is off to a great start with at least two fertile eggs having already been laid on Codfish Island and two female birds, previously thought to be too young, also laying eggs.

Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick says these are the first eggs laid by kakapo for three years, and it is hugely exciting that two six-year-old kakapo have laid eggs, because it was previously thought that the minimum breeding age was nine years.

Chicks hatch: here. And here. And here.

Kakapo chicks taken back to Codfish Island – all thriving: here.

Kakapo update November 2008: here.

January 2009: here.

Long lost kakapo rediscovered after 21 years: here.

3 thoughts on “Rare kakapo parrots lay eggs in New Zealand

  1. “Thanks to the Kakapo Recovery Programme, there are now more than 90 individuals, which is about an 80 per cent increase in the population since 1985—a remarkable improvement”, said Paul Hemburrow, General Manager New Zealand Aluminium Smelters (Rio Tinto Alcan). “The program has also helped us build environmental awareness among the local community.”

    Kakapo, Strigops habroptila is a giant, green, flightless nocturnal parrot from New Zealand which is famous for its rather bizarre mating ritual. Males sit on mountain tops and make a loud booming noise which attracts females who then shuffle up the slope to mate.

    http://www.birdlife.org/news/news/2008/09/pep_new_champ.html

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