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n. pl. ka·ka·pos
A nocturnal, flightless New Zealand parrot (Strigops habroptila) with greenish plumage.

[Maori kākāpō : kākā, parrot; see kaka + , night (from Proto-Polynesian *, probably back-formation from Proto-Polynesian *poŋia, to be overtaken by night (interpeted as *po- + *-ŋia, passive suffix), from Proto-Oceanic *boŋia : Proto-Oceanic *boŋi, night, of Proto-Malayo-Polynesian origin (compare Kapampangan (Malayo-Polynesian language of central Luzon) *béŋi and Old Javanese weŋi) + possibly *a, suffix meaning "abounding in, overrun with").]


n, pl -pos
(Animals) a ground-living nocturnal parrot, Strigops habroptilus, of New Zealand, resembling an owl
[C19: from Māori, literally: night kaka]


(ˌkɑ kəˈpoʊ)

n., pl. -pos (-ˈpoʊz)
a large, flightless, nocturnal parrot, Strigops habroptilus, of New Zealand.
[1835–45; < Maori]
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No-one will actually go out and kill the last 100 kakapos [flightless parrots], but they'll go out and destroy the environment that allows them to live.
In the wild, kakapos rummage around for plants from which they suck juices.
Kakapos in captivity used to get extra treats as well.
Biologists suspected that the problem was related to the way kakapos find a mate.
That's hardly the way to make a lot of new kakapos.
Kakapos once waddled all over New Zealand, but European settlers and their predatory animals found the ground-dwelling, strong-scented birds easy to catch.
For many thousands of years, kakapos did just fine.
Deer and goats ate the same plants that the kakapos ate.
Additional chapters include descriptions of bustards (arid-adapted Old World species); kakapos (a New Zealand nocturnal parrot), hummingbirds, and lyrebirds (Australian mimics); and African long-tailed whydahs and widowbirds.
The small population of kakapos remaining in the wild lives on a protected island in New Zealand.
YOU SMELL "I got to hold a kakapo," says Julie Hagelin of Swarthmore (Pa.