How climate change is turning these parrots into ‘rabbits’

  1. According to New Zealand scientists,kakapo,a bird has enjoyed a record breaking breeding season possibly 249 eggs laid as part of a breeding programme.
  2. This high amount of breeding is because of the Rimu trees that have produced a bumper crop this year possibly due to climate change and temperature fluctuations.
  3. Kakapo means ‘night parrot’ in Maori.It is also called owl parrot.It is nocturnal bird,the world’s fattest parrot and the world’s only flightless parrot.
  4. The parrot has been listed as Critically Endangered under the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s(IUCN) Red List.
  5. They are endemic to New Zealand.The surviving kakapo are kept on four predator-free islands off the New Zealand coast.They mate only every 2-4 years when New Zealand’s native Rimu trees are full of fruit.
  6. kakapo is an unusual parrot as the females control the breeding process. At the start of the breeding season,the males put themselves on display while the females choose a partner.They mate and then end the relationship, shutting the male out of the incubation and rearing processes.