Growth and fledging of kakapo
|Title||Growth and fledging of kakapo|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2006|
|Authors||Farrimond, M, Elliott, GP, Clout, MN|
|Type of Article||paper|
|Keywords||chick, fledging, Kakapo, Strigops habroptilus, thermoregulation|
The kakapo (Strigops habroptilus) is a critically endangered, flightless parrot endemic to New Zealand. In 2002, 24 chicks were raised on Codfish Island (Whenua Hou) to increase the total population by 37% to 86 individuals. Data on hatching and fledging of kakapo chicks allowed comparisons to be made between males and females, and between broods of one and two chicks, in hatching weight, growth, weight at fledging, and age of fledging. There was no significant difference in hatching weight between sexes or brood sizes but males were significantly heavier at 60 days old and at fledging. Chicks from broods of one grew more slowly and fledged earlier at lighter weights than chicks from broods of two. Early fledging of solitary chicks might be in response to a lack of mental and physical stimulation.