What makes the kakapo so unique?
One of the most notable features of the kakapo, is its distinctive, musty odour. And then there's the way it looks and behaves...
|Once out in the open, the kakapo will reveal its large size, and the startling mottled moss-green body feathers that provide perfect camouflage in New Zealand's native forest. The softness of the feathers is represented in the second part of the scientific name – Strigops habroptila.||A closer encounter will reveal that thick, musty kakapo smell. Strong and distinctive, the odour alerts dogs, cats and other predators to the presence of the bird and was a primary cause of the kakapo's rapid decline.|
|People are captivated by the un-birdlike behaviour of this critically endangered parrot. Its waddling gait, curiosity, wide range of calls, and comic antics meant that the kakapo was even occasionally kept as a pet by early settlers||"The kakapo is a bird out of time. If you look one in its large, round, greenly-brown face, it has a look of serenely innocent incomprehension that makes you want to hug it and tell it that everything will be all right, though you know that it probably will not be." - Douglas Adams, British author, 1990.|
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