(Answer) New Zealand is the sole home to the critically endangered kākāpō parrot. What is unusual about this bird?

[7-30-2022] Microsoft Rewards Bing Homepage Quiz Question: New Zealand is the sole home to the critically endangered kākāpō parrot. What is unusual about this bird?

The given options are:

  • It’s very tiny
  • It eats meat
  • It can’t fly

Correct Answer: It can’t fly

Info: The kākāpō, also known as owl parrot (Strigops habroptilus), is a species of large, flightless, nocturnal, ground-dwelling parrots of the super-family Strigopoidea endemic to New Zealand. Some of the key features of these flightless birds are: up to 64 cm (25 in) in length, finely blotched yellow-green plumage, a distinct facial disc, owl-style forward-facing eyes with surrounding discs of specially-textured feathers, a large grey beak, short legs, large blue feet, and relatively short wings and tail. It is the world’s only flightless parrot, the world’s heaviest parrot, and also is nocturnal, herbivorous, visibly sexually dimorphic in body size, has a low basal metabolic rate, and does not have male parental care. It is the only parrot to have a polygynous lek breeding system. Revered by the Māori people in folklore, the Māori hunted the bird for food and feathers. It’s possibly the longest-lived bird species in the world, with some individuals living more than 90 years. Currently, it’s believed fewer than 200 adult kākāpō survive on small islands off the coast of mainland New Zealand that have been cleared of predators. (Ref)


All three questions from today’s Bing Homepage Quiz are below. You can find their answers by visiting those pages.

  1. ‘Jungle Book’ writer Rudyard Kipling once called Milford Sound the eighth wonder of the world. Where can you find it?
  2. It’s not unusual to see dolphins, whales, and penguins during a visit to Milford Sound/Piopiotahi. What animal won’t you see?
  3. New Zealand is the sole home to the critically endangered kākāpō parrot. What is unusual about this bird?

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