Before I leave New Zealand parrots, I'd like to mention our wonderful Kakapo (kar-kar-poor).
Kakapo is a very large parrot, and before humans came to NZ, may have been the most abundant bird in the New Zealand bush.
Its unusual mating call is a deep, distinctive sub-sonic boom that can travel several kilometres. Kakapo is flightless, very rare (there are fewer than 150 left), nocturnal, intelligent, inquisitive and friendly. They are forest-dwelling, with moss-green plumage and have a strong sweet, musky scent - an attribute that in earlier times made them especially easy to track down for food. And also sadly, irresistible to dogs.
In early days, Kakapo were so abundant that bushmen said you could put the pot on and wait for one to walk into the camp. They were so plentiful they were killed by the hundreds and used as dog tucker.
It may be the world's oldest living bird.
Image from Stuff.co.nz
Now, a special programme has slowly increased Kakapo from the low number of 50, back in the 1960's, to about 150 now. They are probably still considered on the brink of extinction. Here are a little group being hand-reared.
What could be cuter than Kakapo chicks?
However, one good thing, as this clip from a BBC film shows, Kakapo males seems still very determined to increase Kakapo numbers. Albeit, in misguided directions.
(Warning: This following clip is rated R 16.)
You can find out the latest Kakapo news on the website of: The Kakapo Recovery Programme