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This toddler-size parrot was a prehistoric oddity!
The flightless 'squawkzilla' stood three feet tall and was twice the weight of the kakapo, the heaviest parrot alive today.


Article from National Geographic: New Zealand Prehistoric Parrot
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Well .... aint he/she a looker! I don't know if I'd want to meet this birb in a dark alley!
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Well .... aint he/she a looker! I don't know if I'd want to meet this birb in a dark alley!

As a true lover of dinosaurs (the selected topic of my Grade 7 Science Project!) I have a sweet fondness for the discovery of a large, prehistoric parrot -- a "Big Polly wants a cracker" Dino-Birb!


I mean, imagine this Squawkzilla being used as Fred Flintstone's answering machine -- funny as hell!

And here is this Dino-Birb's entrance theme song>
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Looks like it may be closely related to keas? Would explain the prehistoric look too as they still look very unusual
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Question Kea: Close Relations?

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Looks like it may be closely related to keas? Would explain the prehistoric look too as they still look very unusual

Yes, this was suggested by the article I linked, in my original comment. Plus, Wikipedia has more information about the Kea parrot to further connect the Kea with the prehistoric one. Wikipedia | Kea


Thank you for noticing the similarities, catalinadee. It's great that you joined the conversation! ❤️️


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