33 episodes

NEW! Voice of the Kākāpō - an audio adventure through the bumpy bumper 2019 breeding season of NZ's rare flightless parrot.
Presented by Alison Ballance.

RNZ: Kākāpō Files Radio New Zealand

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NEW! Voice of the Kākāpō - an audio adventure through the bumpy bumper 2019 breeding season of NZ's rare flightless parrot.
Presented by Alison Ballance.

    Voice of the Kākāpō 8: Success

    Voice of the Kākāpō 8: Success

    The 2019 kākāpō chicks are becoming independent and birds sent to be scanned for aspergillosis are getting clean bills of health, in part 8 of Voice of the Kākāpō.

    • 12 min
    Voice of the Kākāpō 7: Dark days

    Voice of the Kākāpō 7: Dark days

    A deadly fungal disease strikes the kākāpō population on Whenua Hou and the Kākāpō Recovery team calls on New Zealand wildlife vets to help, in part 7 of Voice of the Kākāpō..

    • 12 min
    Voice of the Kākāpō 6: Kākāpō chicks

    Voice of the Kākāpō 6: Kākāpō chicks

    The kākāpō eggs are hatching, and chicks are being hand-reared or returned to their mother's nest ... but not every chick is thriving, in part 6 of Voice of the Kākāpō .

    • 12 min
    Voice of the Kākāpō 5: Kākāpō sperm takes to the air

    Voice of the Kākāpō 5: Kākāpō sperm takes to the air

    The tally of infertile eggs is climbing and the kākāpō team is using artificial insemination - and a drone - to try and counter the problem, in part 5 of Voice of the Kākāpō.

    • 11 min
    Voice of the Kākāpō 4: Promise

    Voice of the Kākāpō 4: Promise

    Most of the female kākāpō have bred and the team is carrying precious fertile eggs to the 'egg room' for incubation, in part 4 of Voice of the Kākāpō .

    • 11 min
    Voice of the Kākāpō 3: Nest checks

    Voice of the Kākāpō 3: Nest checks

    Kākāpō breeding is in full swing after an early start, and DOC's Deidre Vercoe and Andrew Digby are checking to see if eggs are fertile, in part 3 of Voice of the Kākāpō.

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

Carmenalaus ,

Fascinating look at an amazing bird

I got sucked into this wonderful podcast after it was recommended to me recently. It is a great blend of science, history, and storytelling and had me rooting for individual parrots as they struggled to breed, nest, and raise their chicks. I actually started from the beginning and binge-listened the whole series. Great job Alison, RNZ, and all of the rangers and scientists involved in the project!

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