One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large flightless New Zealand parrot with greenish plumage, which is nocturnal, ground-dwelling, and now endangered.
Strigops habroptilus, family PsittacidaeAlso called owl parrot
- ‘Among its treasure trove of fauna, New Zealand has other unique species such as the nocturnal, flightless kakapo, the world's largest parrot, of which only 83 remain.’
- ‘Female kakapo raise their chicks on their own, and at night they leave their nest to forage for food.’
- ‘Like the kiwi and the kakapo, our school should be valued and treasured.’
- ‘From Luke comes news of the ovipository feats of the world's rarest parrot, the kakapo.’
- ‘From the moment the first humans settled here they cut a swathe of destruction through everything from kauri to kakapo.’
- ‘The erysipelas infection that killed the three kakapo was brought to the island by migratory sea birds, researchers said.’
- ‘The kakapo, a flightless bird, was particularly vulnerable to predators.’
Mid 19th century: from Maori, literally ‘night kaka’.
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