ka·​ka·​po | \ ˌkä-kə-ˈpō How to pronounce kakapo (audio) \
plural kakapos

Definition of kakapo

: a large chiefly nocturnal burrowing New Zealand parrot (Strigops habroptilus) that has green and brown barred plumage and well-developed wings with little power of flight

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Recent Examples on the Web As the kakapo population grows, additional safe havens are needed. Sarah Lazarus, CNN, "Can tech save the kakapo, New Zealand's 'gorgeous, hilarious' parrot?," 26 Dec. 2019 Which one of these statements about the kakapo, an endangered bird, is NOT true?* 9. Christina Barron, Washington Post, "KidsPost 2019 News Quiz," 1 Dec. 2019 This is one reason why fewer than half of kakapo eggs hatch. The Economist, "How eugenics is saving a pudgy parrot," 29 Aug. 2019 But another threat to the kakapo is a lack of genetic diversity, because of low numbers and inbreeding. The Economist, "How eugenics is saving a pudgy parrot," 29 Aug. 2019 The tiny populations of kakapo can’t do all the heavy lifting on their own, and so the demise of the birds has important implications for the forests. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "DNA from the poop of extinct four-meter-tall birds reveals lost ecosystem," 15 Feb. 2018 The first kakapo to have its DNA fully decoded was a female called Jane. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The First Species to Have Every Individual’s Genome Sequenced," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of kakapo

1843, in the meaning defined above

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“Kakapo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kakapo. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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