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There were only 147 of the world's poorest parrots alive – and then the baby's boom came



However, the birds have just produced what could be a life-changing baby boom. Kākāpō parents have popped out at least 75 live chicks from more than 180 eggs this breeding season, breaking past breeding discs and exciting New Zealand conservationists .

You see, according to the New Zealand Department of Conservation, that kākāpōs are pretty picky when they get it on. They meet only a few years when a particular tree, called a rimu tree, sets off an abundance of fruit.

When you have a critically endangered population of precious green potatoes and a country deeply invested in ensuring they survive, the breeding season becomes an all-hands-on-deck affair. Scientists not only work to encourage kākāpō mating, they also help incubate and monitor eggs and nest.

This year's batch of free-range kākāpōs is also part of the species's longest recorded breeding season, so all in all looks up.

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Of course, no history of kākāpō can go without mention of Sirocco, the most famous and misguidedly amorous kākāpō in the world. Sirocco gave us one of the best nature videos in history as he climbed on top of a BBC cameraman in 2009 who shot a nature documentary and enthusiastically tried to mate with his head. You have never seen an animal so deep, deeply happy and deep, deeply wrong as Sirocco in his grace. (The cameraman, Mark Carwardine, was not that excited.)

After Sircoco's viral liason, Prime Minister John Key called him New Zealand's "Official Spokesbird for Conservation." Sirocco is still alive and flapping in the sly age of 22. Kākāpō can potentially live to 60, so of all accounts he still has much love to give. Now, if the rest of his species can follow his lead – and with a more appropriate partner than the back of a person's head – we have many more seasons for kākāpō propagation to enjoy.


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