Sunday, February 19, 2006

KAKAPO PARROTS - A New Breeding Season at Whenua Hou

Belated update (sorry) from the Kakapo Recovery Programme, and the new breeding season for our feathered friends.
January 21 2006
So far 14 of the 22 adult male kakapo on Whenua Hou are booming. Despite it being a rough spell of weather over the past few weeks most of these boys still seem to be going hard out in their bowls. We haven't had any matings that we know of but it is still a little early yet. Last summer's first mating wasn't until early February. The rimu fruiting (this is thought to trigger the females to breed) is predicted to be similar to last summer when we had 4 new kakapo chicks.