K is for Kakapo. When I got my assignment for this entry into Animal Alphabets, I was confused. Those Cocker Spaniel/Poodle mixes are endangered species? Obviously I never heard of a Kakapo. This flightless, nocturnal bird is also called a “Owl Parrot“. Sadly this New Zealand native’s population as of 2016 is down to 154 known adults.
A number of New Zealand’s native birds have been devastated by invasive species.