Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Pertinax, 26 Jan 2019.
Seems its another breeding year for the Kakapo. Look forward to any updates on here.
@Kakapo is it a boy or a girl?
I'm 99% sure that he meant that the animals were starting to reproduce, and it would be an eventful year for the hatchings, egglaying, and what not.
If I interpret the Kakapo Recovery Facebook page correctly, a total of approximately 149 eggs are laid sofar, of which about 64 were fertile.
Some fertile eggs were lost, but 8 have already hatched and all eggs were removed to stimulate the females to lay a second nest. Mating has already occured and one female already lay again.
Not bad for a population of just 147 birds. This is starting to look like an incredible year for the Kakapo!
The podcast is from Radio New Zealand and the series is covering the news about the current breeding season for this unique parrot, which may turn out to be the best on record. Listen or download from Kākāpō Files
Looking again it also says that one adult bird, PiriPiri, has died. This is the Kakapo I saw on Maud Island in the early 90's when he was being recaptured for a check.
Currently they have 22 chicks and one that died. They have been closing nests and incubating eggs in the hope the females will lay again because they started early. There are still 36 or 38 known fertile eggs (not sure if this number included the 2 more recent hatches because of the way it was posted) but they hope for more because more mating is occurring.
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