Strigops habroptilus

Kakapo (Strigops habroptilus) is a flightless, nocturnal, ground-dwelling parrot that is endemic to New Zealand. Also known as owl parrot, it is the world’s heaviest parrot and one of the longest living birds in the world. It can live up to 100 years.
Recently, scientists have successfully sequenced and analyzed the genome of the Kakapo. Their research has shown that these species is in good genetic health despite 10,000 years of inbreeding. It has very few harmful mutations than expected. Currently, there are just 201 of these birds alive and they are protected on island sanctuaries.


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