This video, recorded in New Zealand, is called The Unnatural History of the Kakapo.
What’s the World’s Favourite Species?
It’s ARKive’s 10th birthday and to mark the occasion, you’ve been joining us in your thousands from 162 different countries to help us find the world’s top ten favourite species. The results are in! The species that were most frequently voted as favourites by you can now be revealed…
The array of life with which we share our planet provides an endless source of wonder, so for many of you the decision was tough. But which species was voted the World’s Favourite? Here are a few clues:
The most frequently selected reason for voting this species as your favourite was “because it’s under threat and we need to protect it”.
It is active at night…
It has feathers… but it can’t fly!
Also from ARKIve:
The magnificent kakapo stole 9% of the total votes. It’s a beautiful bird that cannot fly and is only found in New Zealand. But from the many thousands of creatures with which we share our precious planet, what made the kakapo stand out from the crowd? For most of you, tragically, it was the kakapo’s Critically Endangered status. We hope the title of World’s Favourite Species will bring it the attention it deserves.
The kakapo is the world’s only flightless parrot.
Unusual for a bird, the kakapo is only active at night.
As well as being the world’s largest parrot, the kakapo is also the heaviest.
The rest of the Top 10:
- What is a Kakapo? (deakinscicomm.wordpress.com)
- Endangered Species of the Week: Kakapo (greenfudge.org)
- Kakapo (hopeisthethingwithfeathers123.wordpress.com)
- What are the world’s top 10 favorite animal species? (treehugger.com)
- Barnacles aren’t acorns (animalbytescambridge.wordpress.com)
- Deadly Snakes, Ugly Critters, Leonardo DiCaprio and Other Links from the Brink (blogs.scientificamerican.com)
- 10 Fascinating Animals You Probably Haven’t Heard Of (listverse.com)
- The Night Parrot (acejet170.typepad.com)
- Save New Zealand seabirds (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Hilarious Rare Bird Tries To Mate With Photographer In Wild (jayclappphotography.wordpress.com)