The ancient, flightless Kakapo is the world's rarest and strangest parrot. It the only flightless and nocturnal parrot, as well as being the heaviest in the world, weighing up to 3.5 kilograms (8 lbs).
The birds live in New Zealand, an island country which had virtually no mammals living on it for millions of years. It was a place inhabited by birds and reptiles. The only types of mammal were two species of bats. The Kakapo did not learn the defense mechanisms to combat or escape mammalian predators. This made the parrot very vulnerable when new animals started showing up.
The arrival of Polynesian peoples thousands of years ago, of Europeans in the 1800's, and ultimately the pets and livestock they brought with them resulted in the massive decline of Kakapo populations from hundreds of thousands to a mere handful of birds.
Once common throughout the three main islands of New Zealand, there are now approximately 62 Kakapo left. These remaining birds have been relocated to six predator free island habitats, where the birds are relatively safe and have been breeding!
Thanks for looking, I hope you like Karo! He was a challenge to build and it took me a long time to collect enough lime green LEGO to finish him off.
Fascinating bird - they came incredibly close to extinction. If you haven't already read it, I urge you to get a copy of Douglas Adams' 'Last Chance to See...', thanks to which I know all about these amazing birds. Great build, as always.
I especially enjoyed this build. I can see the the intricacies of its design. I think it may be my favorite of all your birds! And your write-up was most enlightening, as I did not know about this lovely creature. :)
I just love all those splendid Lego birds,such an unusual subject,but still so nice and colorful ! The Lego staff on CUUSOO it's going to be certainly extremely surprised by such brilliant originality !
I love it when builds on MOCpages send me off to Google something and learn more about it. When I first saw this MOC I really didn't think that any bird could be the same colour as Lego green but this one is! It's also huge. Another great build in your series, which opened the door to some fascinating facts: thank you.