RNZ: Kākāpō Files

23 EpisodesProduced by RNZ

Breaking news from one of the world's favourite birds - New Zealand's rare flightless parrot, the kākāpō.Presented by Alison Ballance.

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Kākāpō dads revealed

July 16th, 2019


Paternity testing has revealed who the top kākāpō dads are, as well as the success of the artificial insemination programme, in ep 22 of the Kākāpō Files.

Kākāpō waiting game

June 28th, 2019


The kākāpō health crisis is stable, with no further cases of aspergillosis diagnosed, and seven hand-reared chicks have been successfully released in …

Behind-the-scenes of the kākāpō health crisis

June 12th, 2019


Kākāpō death toll from aspergillosis rises by one to seven, while nine birds have been given a clean bill of health. Sad and positive news from the …

Kākāpō health concerns continue

May 29th, 2019


The number of cases of aspergillosis in the kākāpō population continues to rise, with 30 birds on the mainland for testing & treatment. The …

Worrying times for kākāpō

May 15th, 2019


A spate of kākāpō chicks deaths from a fungal pneumonia caused by aspergillosis has DOC's Kākāpō Recovery Team very worried. Two further adult deaths …

Glad and sad kākāpō tidings

May 1st, 2019


The death of Hoki from a fungal infection brings the number of adult kākāpō to 146, while there are 77 chicks. Ep 17 of the Kākāpō Files includes a …

Longest kākāpō breeding season

April 16th, 2019


With 75 living chicks and the final three eggs due to hatch this week, the 2019 kākāpō breeding season is set to be the longest on record. All this & the sex ratio of the first 49 chicks, in ep 16 of the Kākāpō …

Kākāpō chicks still hatching

April 1st, 2019


Most of the 72 kākāpō chicks are thriving in wild nests, the males are winding down their booming, and there are 7 fertile eggs still to hatch, in ep 15 of the Kākāpō Files.

Kotahitanga and kākāpō

March 22nd, 2019


Kākāpō chick numbers continue to climb. The latest tally is 64 chicks, including one named Kotahitanga, meaning unity and solidarity. Ep 14 of the …

Fat happy kākāpō chicks

March 15th, 2019


Thirty four kākāpō chicks are putting on plenty of weight in wild nests as the rimu fruit ripens, and 23 chicks are also being hand-reared, in episode 13 of the Kākāpō Files.

Kākāpō helpers

March 7th, 2019


Volunteers from around the world are helping the kākāpō team, with tasks ranging from feeding birds and people, looking after the power system on …

Kākāpō rangers

March 1st, 2019


There is a hard-working team of island rangers helping save kākāpō, working day and night, and the chick tally has reached 44, in episode 11 of the Kākāpō Files.

Flying kākāpō sperm

February 21st, 2019


In a world-first for kākāpō conservation, a drone (nicknamed the 'spermcopter') has flown kākāpō sperm across Whenua Hou / Codfish Island - the Kākāpō Files was there for episode 10.

Kākāpō chick growth looking promising

February 14th, 2019


There is good news from down south, where the endangered kākāpō is having its best breeding season ever. No one is game enough to predict exactly how …

On the island

February 11th, 2019


More than 160 kākāpō eggs have been laid and the first 21 chicks have hatched, but there is also news of the first chick death, in episode 9 of the Kākāpō Files.

Round two begins

February 5th, 2019


The chicks that have hatched are off to Dunedin, the females have started mating again, and there is breeding action on Hauturu, all in episode 8 of the Kākāpō Files.

The chicks are hatching

January 31st, 2019


The first two chicks of the 2019 kākāpō breeding season have hatched and the exciting news keeps coming in, in episode 7 of the Kākāpō Files.

Full House

January 26th, 2019


Forty eight out of fifty kākāpō females on the southern islands have mated, nesting is well underway and the first AI has been carried out, all in episode 6 of the Kākāpō Files.

Super-studs & hitting the reset button

January 17th, 2019


The most popular kākāpō males will get a chance to do it all over again as the females are encouraged to mate and nest for a second time, in episode …

Action stations

January 10th, 2019


Don't count your kākāpō chicks until they hatch, kākāpō leaky homes and lots more kākāpō sex, all in episode 4 of the Kākāpō Files.

Busy birds

January 2nd, 2019


Kākāpō breeding action really kicked off on Christmas Eve and in episode 3 of the Kākāpō Files we discover it is in full swing.

Early birds

December 22nd, 2018


In episode 2 of the Kākāpō Files we find out that when it comes to kākāpō breeding the early birds are, well, very early.

Kākāpō - night parrot

December 21st, 2018


The kākāpō is one of the world's rarest birds, and in the first episode of the Kākāpō Files we learn about the giant flightless parrot's 'love triangle.'

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