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Kakapo - Strigops habroptilus Gray
- Natural Sciences›Zoology
Kakapo or owl parrot is an endemic species of night parrot from New Zealand. Kakapo means a night parrot in Maori. His body length is about 60 cm and it can weigh up to 4 kg. It can be recognized for his yellow-green freckles and feathery discs around the eyes as with some owls. Its beak is grey and large, and its legs are short with big feet. Wings and tail are short. This is the only flightless parrot and can reach the age of 120 years. It is classified among rare and endangered species. The entire population of this species reaches the number of barely 120 individuals. There are two examples of kakapo in the Zoogeographical Exhibition of the Natural History Department.
Kakapo skin can be seen in the Zoogeographical Exhibition of the Natural History Department.