Kakapo Strigops habroptila


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Kakapo Recovery Programme

New Zealand Govt - Dept of Conservation - Recovery Plan - Part 1

New Zealand Govt - Dept of Conservation - Recovery Plan - Part 2

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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2017) Species factsheet: Strigops habroptila. Downloaded from on 11/12/2017. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2017) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 11/12/2017.