They are found on the islands off the coast of New Zealand.
They live in the coastal forests.
They have soft green and yellow feathers that help them blend into the forest. They are about 8.5 inches tall and can weigh up to 9 pounds, making them the heaviest parrot in the world. They have an air sac with which they can make a booming call to attract females. They are the only parrot that can do this.
They cannot fly (they may be the world’s only flightless parrot), but they can climb trees. They are active at night (nocturnal). Man was their most dangerous predator until rats, weasels (stoats) and housecats were brought to New Zealand. They are very endangered.
They eat fruits, roots and leaves.
They nest on the ground, the males making a hollow in the ground and calling for a female. They don’t breed every year.
Species: S. habroptila
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