Foods and feeding habits of kakapo on Stewart Island
- Wildlife Service, Department of Internal Affairs, Private Bag, Wellington, New Zealand
[This is a resume of a paper read at the Ecological Society Conference, 1982.]
In the initial stages of research of kakapo (Strigops habroptilus) on Stewart Island (July 1977–January 1980) study of the bird's biology was hampered greatly as there was no satisfactory way of finding the birds nor of following their movements. The use of dogs to hunt for roosting birds had been banned and without birds in the hand, radio-transmitters could not be fitted. Consequently information on the kakapo's biology was determined from sign left by the birds whilst feeding.