[Science] Baby boom for the kakapo, New Zealand’s critically endangered parrot – AI


Bouncing back from the brink of extinction?Andrew Digby/New Zealand department of conservation By Ruby Prosser ScullyThere is new hope for the world’s fattest parrot, the critically endangered kakapo, after the birth of a record-breaking number of chicks. Fewer than 150 adult kakapo live in New Zealand today after their numbers were decimated by hunting, pests and deforestation. But an enormous effort to regrow the population is paying off, with almost 90 chicks expected to hatch over the breeding season. The nocturnal, flightless bird breeds when the rimu tree – a conifer – is full with fruit, and this …

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