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Kakapos

There are some very weird birds in this world! The kakapo is one.

Check out these fast facts about it: 

  • It's a bird, but it can't fly.
  • It's the heaviest parrot in the world, but it doesn't talk or squawk.
  • It sleeps all day and comes out only at night.
  • It lives mostly alone.
  • It's a good climber and uses its wings for balance.
  • It lives to a ripe old age, for a bird--more than 60 years old.
  • This big parrot is found only in New Zealand.
  • It's very, very endangered. There are only about 86 kakapos left. 
  • Some people are working hard to help save kakapos.  
  • Log on and listen up! You can hear the "boom" and "ching" calls of the male kakapos at this Web site.  When scientists hear these calls, it's a good sign that the birds will breed and raise new chicks
  • Find out even more about these amazingly rare birds by checking out these Web sites: http://www.kakaporecovery.org.nz/index.php and http://www.kcc.org.nz/birds/kakapo.asp

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