The Recovery Programme has been so successful that the … Date: 17 September 2019. "The kākāpō population has grown 70 per cent in the last five years and we’re starting to reach carrying capacity on the two main breeding islands: Anchor and Whenua Hou. After conservation efforts, the population of this large parrot has risen from 50 during the 1990s to 213 now. Though the population is now sadly down to 211, this was the highest population for 70 years! Aspergillosis is a fungal infection threatening kākāpō on Codfish Island / Whenua Hou. The Kākāpō won New Zealand’s 2020 Bird of the Year competition, becoming the first species to win multiple times, according to the Forest & Bird agency. The green and fawn kākāpō – the world’s heaviest, longest-living parrot – first won in 2008. The green and fawn kākāpō – the world’s heaviest, longest-living parrot – first won in 2008. For media enquiries contact: Phone: +64 4 496 1911 Email: media@doc.govt.nz. In fact, their parrot paradises produced so much rimu fruit in 2018–19 that a record 71 chicks made it to juvenile age – almost double the previous record! Kākāpō aspergillosis outbreak. We need to find new suitable habitats for the growing population, which is a great problem to have.” Contact. It’s official – for the first time in more than 70 years, the kākāpō population is a record 213 birds. … These island homes allowed the kākāpō population to reach 213 in September 2019. Adopt a kākāpō Kākāpō adoptions make great Christmas gifts – you'll get a cuddly plushie, stickers, bookmarks and a … It previously won … It’s official – for the first time in more than 70 years, the kākāpō population is a record 213 birds. Related Kākāpō. “The kākāpō population has grown 70% in the last 5 years and we’re starting to reach carrying capacity on the two main breeding islands: Anchor and Whenua Hou. “This is the first time any bird has won the Bird of the Year title more than once, so New Zealand’s mighty moss chicken can add yet another feather to its cap,” Laura Keown, spokesperson for Bird of the Year, said in a release. The kākāpō - also known as "mighty moss chicken" - first won in 2008. The kākāpō is a nocturnal, flightless parrot. The youngest chick of the bumper 2018/19 breeding season, Stella-3-B-2019, has today turned 150 days old – the age at which all chicks are deemed to be “juvenile” and officially added to the adult population. Kākāpō population reaches a record high of 213.