The Quiz: New Zealand is the sole home to the critically endangered kākāpō parrot. What is unusual about this bird?
A It can’t fly
B It eats meat
C It’s very tiny
The world’s only flightless parrot is also the world’s heaviest parrot, with a strict vegetarian diet. And it only comes out at night. Revered by the Māori people in folklore, the Māori hunted the bird for food and feathers. It’s possibly the longest-living bird species in the world, with some individuals living more than 90 years. Currently, it’s believed that fewer than 200 adult kākāpō survive on small islands that have been cleared of predators, off the coast of mainland New Zealand.
The correct answer to this quiz is It can’t fly.