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Best breeding season on record for Kakapos

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Old Thursday 18th April 2019, 11:59   #1
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Best breeding season on record for Kakapos

Kakapos - the world's fattest species of parrot - have had their most successful breeding season on record, according to New Zealand's Department of Conservation (DOC).

The flightless, nocturnal parrots were once one of the country's most common birds, but only 147 adults are left.

This year, 76 chicks have been hatched under the DOC's conservation scheme, with 60 expected to reach adulthood.

The new batch is more than double that of the last breeding season in 2016.
Kakapos only breed every two to four years when their favourite fruit grows in New Zealand's Rimu trees - the period is known as a "mast year".




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Thanks for that Kits,
It's great news.

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Agree, wonderful news. Such an interesting species. . ..
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