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Kakapo
Kakapo
At Codfish Island.
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Common Name Owl Parrot
Range New Zealand
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Psittaciformes
Family Strigopidae
Genus Strigops
Species Strigops habroptila
Conservation Status
CRSpecies
Critically Endangered

The kakapo is a flightless parrot that lives in New Zealand, where it had few natural predators. However, the cats, rats and dogs introduced by human settlers resulted in a massive decline in the kakapo population. The species has been saved by a captive-breeding programme. The remaining 62 birds have been released on three remote, predator-free islands in an attempt to re-establish wild populations.

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