Tuesday, April 12, 2011
K is for Kakapo
You might remember the star of this viral video that surfaced a couple of years ago about a rare bird in New Zealand. You know, the one where the well-intentioned naturalist gets attacked by a rare, sex-deprived tropical bird for the enjoyment of armchair animal enthusiasts.
This bird, the Kakapo, is a rare, nocturnal ground parrot.
The wings of the Kakapo are pretty much useless. (Except to beat against the head of scientists trying to photograph it, but that's it.) The Kakapo is a ground-dwelling bird, likely because it existed in the absence of mammalian predators that it lost the ability to fly. Why waste energy on something you don't need?
Anyway, you really should check out that video above if you haven't already. It will make your day.