21 Jun '12, 2pm

Love reading good news!!! - New Zealand's 'night parrot' brought back from the brink

Love reading good news!!! - New Zealand's 'night parrot' brought back from the brink

Flightless, slow-moving and at times more sexually attracted to humans than their own species, it's small wonder New Zealand's kakapo parrot is on the verge of extinction. But a mammoth conservation effort stretching back decades is offering hope for one of the world's rarest birds , lifting its numbers from about 50 in 1990 to 126 this year. The plump, green kakapo — the name means "night parrot" in Maori — was once one of the most common birds in New Zealand, which had few land predators before European settlement in the early Nineteenth Century. "There was a report from an early explorer, Charles Douglas , who said they were so populous you could shake them out of trees like apples," said Deirdre Vercoe Scott , head of the Department of Conservation's kakapo recovery program. "He said he'd once seen six kakapo shaken from a single tutu bush." Vercoe Scott said habitat d...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/new-zeal...

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