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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

Credits

Presenter
Stephen Fry
Presenter
Mark Carwardine
Director
Ben Southwell
Producer
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

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