The Journal of Biology Letters reports that one of the largest parrot species has been found in what is now New Zealand 19 million years ago.
The remains of this species of parrot were found in New Zealand. St. Otago, Central Otago Excavations at the Bathans (where bats, tortoises, ancient crocodiles and many other mammals, as well as more than 40 species of birds) have been unearthed have been found to be older than those found in Australia and elsewhere.
The New Zealand kakapo, formerly known as the world’s largest parrot, is only 2 feet tall and weighs a maximum of 9 pounds. Researchers have dubbed the parrot species Heracles Inexpectatus because of its enormous size and strength.