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   Undertoad  Friday Jul 16 11:52 AM

7/16/2004: Baby kakapo

Kakapo? Don't use such fowl language!

This is one of the rarest species of parrot, only found in New Zealand, and it sure looks like this may be a case where the babies (as pictured above) are uglier than the adults (as pictured below):

They are in the news because New Zealand is giving turkey vaccines to these birds, because they seem to be having trouble with a disease after having been moved by humans to a new island home. There are so few of them that the sudden deaths of three of them have officials panicky. full story

jaguar  Friday Jul 16 11:58 AM

I think it's pretty...

mmmBoy  Friday Jul 16 01:23 PM

It's even kiwi colored

Rendrago  Friday Jul 16 03:04 PM

Kakapo (strigops habroptilus) is a nocturnal flightless bird that climbs trees. Adult males weigh up to 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds) making them the world's biggest parrots -- and with some living for around 100 years, they are among the longest-lived.

Cool, I want one!!!

Cyber Wolf  Friday Jul 16 03:07 PM

The picture on the top is of the baby? That baby bird is the size of a human head! Nice plumage by the way! Green is nice on a bird.

xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jul 16 06:08 PM

Well, it might be interesting, having a pet that will likely outlive you.

wolf  Saturday Jul 17 02:38 AM

one of my friends will one day be determining which of her three children gets the cranky macaw. Actually, I should say the macaw will be determining ...

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