Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Kakapo - Fun Facts

Fun Facts 


Walt: look beyond the text.
What kind of food do kakapo like to eat ?

What are kakapo ? 

kakapo are a kind of parrot - but they're very different from other parrots. For starters, Kakapo don't fly.They're also nocturnal, which means they go about their business during the night.The Word Kakapo is Maori for " Night parrot ".Some kakapo can live for ninety years, which is a very long time for a bird.In Fact, scientists think this makes kakapo the longest living bird in the world.But Although they can have long lives, kakapo are seriously endangered.There are less than ninety left. A Kakapo like to eat many food.Their favourite foods include berries ( especially berries from rimu trees ), fruit, nuts ( especially almonds ), seeds, leaves, tussock, grass, fern roots, and moss.Most kakapo also eat a special muesli made by Doc staff. Kakapo muesli contains flour and tapioca along with goodies such as almonds, manuka honey, and spirulina.

Life Cycle of the Kākāpō

A lot of things about the kākāpō are still unknown, especially how long they live for.
 Kākāpō live life in the slow lane. They do everything more slowly than most birds, and live, on average, for 58 years and potentially to almost 90! None of the kākāpō whose ages we do know have yet died of old age, even though most were discovered 15-30 years ago. In fact, it may not be known how long kākāpō live until some of the birds hatched during the Kākāpō Recovery programme die of old age. That might be several decades away.Everything in the kākāpō’s life-style happens slowly. Males do not start breeding until they are about four years old, while females do not start until they are at least six years old. Even then, breeding does not take place every year.Rather, it seems to be dependent on the availability of key food supplies, such as the fruiting of rimu trees, and will happen, on average, only every two to four years  

Here is a picture of a Kakapo : 

What did we learn ? 

Our Task on Tuesday was to write a new blog post, using the story.We had to Read the instructions carefully, and make sure we read the whole story in full, We also had to read the Questions and had to Complete the tasks in order.We needed to try to explain to the read : What is a kakapo What kind of food do kakapo like to eat What are kakapo like 3 interesting facts about a kakapo  Write an explanation about why it is important to help save and protect kakapos.

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