10 Jan 2019

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From Kākāpō Files, 6:00 pm on 10 January 2019

The 2019 kākāpō breeding season continues at breakneck speed.

Nineteen of 21 females on Anchor Island have mated and are starting to nest.

Down on Whenua Hou / Codfish Island, the action is also hotting up – but there is some disappointing news from Pearl’s nest.

Sinbad is one of three kākāpō with Fiordland genes, from their father Richard Henry.

Sinbad is one of three kākāpō with Fiordland genes, from their father Richard Henry. Photo: Jake Osborne

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In episode four of the Kākāpō Files, we find out the truth behind the old saying ‘don’t count your eggs until they hatch’, and we hear about leaky homes when it comes to kākāpō nests.

Kākāpō ranger Brodie Philp and kākāpō technical advisor Daryl Eason have just returned from Anchor Island and we catch up with them for all the latest news.

If you would like to know more about kākāpō you can follow the Kākāpō Recovery Programme on Facebook and Instagram. Kākāpō scientist Andrew Digby is on Twitter. Or check out the book Kākāpō - rescued from the brink of extinction by Alison Ballance.

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