The Kakapo is one of the rarest animals on earth. This bird is flightless and ground dwelling, the only parrot of its kind. Its unique ecology has hastened its demise: introduced animals such as cats, rats and dogs decimated the Kakapo population so that by 1995 only 50 remained in isolated pockets on small islands surrounding New Zealand.
Morepork, the NZ native owl with a distinctive cry after which it is named. I have been lucky enough to look one of these right in the eye as it perched in a tree. We had a stare off to see who would blink first. He won...
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Weka, New Zealand----can you say Guard Bird? Stay off my property or I'll let this guy scratch your eyes out! The weka is a flightless bird species of the rail family. It is endemic to New Zealand, where four subspecies are recognized. Weka are sturdy brown birds, about the size of a chicken. As omnivores, they feed mainly on invertebrates and fruit.