Elusive kākāpō Sirocco tracked down again

12:22 pm on 8 February 2018

Sirocco the kākāpō has been found after a two-year disappearance.

Sirocco gets close with another photographer.

Sirocco gets close with one of the kākāpō rangers who found him, Jake Osborne. Photo: Supplied / Sara Larcombe DOC

The Department of Conservation's (DOC) star native parrot was last seen in March 2016.

The 20-year-old kākāpō shot to fame after trying to mate with the head of a zoologist during the filming of a Stephen Fry documentary, and became a travelling ambassador for his species.

Sirocco was found by two DOC rangers earlier this week on his Fiordland off-shore island home.

The rare bird was lost for two years because an attached transmitter failed.

Kākāpō operations manager Deidre Vercoe said it was great to be able to check in with the famous parrot after his hiatus from the public eye.

"While we've been out to search for him a few times, we were confident he'd be perfectly happy out there in the wild in his predator-free home. We did miss him and his quirky personality though, and we've been really keen to catch up with him."

There are only about 150 kākāpō.

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