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    Rare Parrot Relucant to Mate

    NewsRare Birds NewsWednesday 26 January 2011
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    One of the world's rarest parrots is in danger of extinction due to its reluctance to mate

    The kakapo parrot, also known as the owl parrot, is a flightless parrot endemic to New Zealand. This very unusual bird is not only flightless, it is nocturnal and one of the longest-living bird species in the world. The kakapo has shown a reluctance to mate (obviously a parrot that can't be bothered with the whole rigmarole of meeting, dating, getting to know each other etc) which means that its numbers have plummeted to just 124.

    However a photo of the rare kakapo has surfaced in an international competition, the World's Rarest Project, to capture photos of the 566 most endangered birds on earth. You can see the amazing photo of this very colourful parrot over at the Daily Mail.

    (Pictured here is a different kakapo photograph.)

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