Image for Lonely caller

Lonely caller

Duration: 02:34

The kakapo has a unique call. Near the research station on Codfish island, a hand reared male named Sirroco begins his nightly mating call, or boom. Using infra-red, night-vision cameras so as not to disturb the birds, Stephen Fry and Mark Carwardine watch Sirocco call for a mate, something he will probably do every night for 6 months of the year. Mark and Stephen wonder if the low frequency of the boom is a deliberate attempt by the kakapo to take an available frequency range well outside all the other forest noises. The parrot's wings open each time he makes a boom noise. Scientists don't yet fully understand how the process of attracting mates in this way works - many birds seem distincly less successful than others.

Available since: Fri 2 Oct 2009


Stephen Fry
Mark Carwardine
Ben Southwell
Ben Southwell
Executive Producer
Sam Organ
Executive Producer
Andre Singer

This clip is from

Last Chance to See Series 1, Kakapo

5/6 In New Zealand Stephen and Mark look for the last kakapo, a fat, flightless parrot.

First broadcast: 04 Oct 2009

Image for Kakapo Not currently available on BBC iPlayer

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss