The cute and clumsy flightless parrot | Natural World: Nature’s Misfits – BBC

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Bill Bailey introduces a delightfully eccentric cast of creatures that have chosen to do things differently. Odd, unconventional and unusual – these are animals that don’t normally grab the limelight. They include the parrot that has forgotten how to fly, the bear that has turned vegetarian, a chameleon that is barely bigger than an ant, and a penguin that lives in a forest. Nature’s Misfits reveals the extraordinary and rarely seen lives of these evolutionary oddballs along with their strange habitats, unusual forms and the incredible hurdles they overcome.

Natural World | Episode 4: Nature’s Misfits | BBC Two

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  1. I don't like the description as nature's misfits. To quote Dobshansky (I hope I wrote that correctly): "Nothing in biology makes sense, except in the light of evolution".

  2. So hypocritically this parrot once was able to fly, then it "evolved" to be flightless yet it never either changed it's diet of fruits on high trees or evolved to better climbing them.
    Still cute as ever though, good chunky boy.

  3. Wow what a disaster, I hope we can save these birds. They are exactly like humans. Just imagine these guys have everything we do, they’re that smart, for their capacity we have the same as they do

  4. Some wildlife narration is so unsuited and distasteful. I dont want to hear annoying “quirky” music or your opinion of what is embarrassing..the kakapo
    does not care about what you think. And neither do I
    And this is better than most narration…shockingly..

  5. The kakapo, also called owl parrot, is a species of large, flightless, nocturnal, ground-dwelling parrot of the super-family Strigopoidea, endemic to New Zealand. It has finely blotched yellow-green plumage, a distinct facial disc, a large grey beak, short legs, large feet, and relatively short wings and tail. Wikipedia

    Lifespan: 40 – 80 years

    Mass: Male: 2 – 4 kg (Adult)

    Scientific name: Strigops habroptilus

    Higher classification: Strigops

    Family: Strigopidae

    Rank: Species

  6. I cannot believe they let the kakapo get voted third in the ugliest animals one year. The blob fish won (obviously), but kakapo are like sweet little old men in bird form

  7. Don’t disrespect this bird it’s only embarrassing because humans introduced animals to New Zealand that kill this animal this animal is so friendly and adorable

  8. Funfact: New Zealand used to have the world's biggest, most badass and most dangerous eagle. It was so big that it used to hunt 7 feet Moa birds. They died out however. And all we're left with are blind Kiwi birds and these clumsy things ahaha

  9. Oh my gosh, they're so freaking adorable. I hereby decree the kakapo as one of my new favourite animals! The way it used it's beak to shuffle up the trees aww 😆 it's really doing the best that it can. I wish they had an easier access to food though.

  10. These birds once use to fly in air, but When New Zealand became a nation it didn't have that much predator's, so the Kakapo didn't need to be afraid of anything, so eventually it stopped flying, I guess it just like being on the ground, That's why its such a special bird.

  11. Can't even pronounce its name right.
    C'mon Brit dude– work on your 'ahhh' vowel sound.

    '..it's all a bit embarrassing — for a reporter.' 😏
    Innit?

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