Strigopidae – New Zealand Parrots

Kakapo (Strigops habroptila) ©Dept of Conservation

Kakapo (Strigops habroptila) ©Dept of Conservation

And wild animals shall meet with hyenas; the wild goat shall cry to his fellow; indeed, there the night bird settles and finds for herself a resting place. (Isaiah 34:14 ESV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PSITTACIFORMES, Family – Strigopidae – New Zealand Parrots

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Species (4)

Kakapo (Strigops habroptila)
Kea (Nestor notabilis)
New Zealand Kaka (Nestor meridionalis)
Norfolk Kaka (Nestor productus)


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The New Zealand parrot superfamily (Strigopoidea) consists of three genera of parrots, Nestor, Strigops and the fossil Nelepsittacus. The genus Nestor consists of the Kea, Kākā, Norfolk Island Kākā and Chatham Island Kākā,  while the genus Strigops contains the iconic Kākāpō. All extant species are endemic to New Zealand. The species of the genus Nelepsittacus were endemics of the main islands, while the two extinct species of the genus Nestor were found at the nearby oceanic islands like Chatham Island of New Zealand, and Norfolk Island and Phillip Island of Australia. The modern common species names, Kea, Kākā and Kākāpō, are the same as the original Māori names. (Wikipedia with editing)

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