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Ancient kaka ‘cousin’ found in the Chatham Islands

Laura Goodall posted in on September 3rd, 2014.

New Zealand officially has a new species of parrot, but unfortunately it has already been extinct for several hundred years. A study, led by Landcare Research, analysed fossil parrot bones from the Chatham Islands and confirmed that they represent a distinct species that is unique to the island group but closely related to New Zealand’s kaka. Scientists […]

Dom Post: Kakapo may have his wings clipped

Peter Griffin posted in on April 16th, 2010.

Kiran Chug writes in the Dominion Post about concerns over whether Sirocco the kakapo should be allowed to continue his visits back to a kakapo sanctuary island. A new untreatable strain of a beak and feather virus has been  found in native parrots, and scientists are worried that the disease might spread to Sirocco and, […]

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