There’s good news for one of the world’s rarest birds, after a successful breeding season saw its numbers boom by 28%.
The critically endangered kakapo now has a population of 157, after a record-breaking 34 chicks joined the ranks this year.
The flightless parrots are only found in New Zealand, where they live on three predator-free islands.
Kakapo breed every two to four years. In 2014, only six chicks were raised successfully.
Back in the 1970s there seemed to be little hope for the kakapo, with only 18 known to exist – all of them male. That changed when some females were discovered in 1977.