Fat Parrot banned from New Zealand Bird of the Year vote

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The world’s fattest parrot, the kākāpō, has been banned from the New Zealand Bird of the Year contest.

The kākāpo is the only bird to have won the competition twice – once in 2008 and again in 2020.

Competition bosses believe the popular parrot could continue flying high over other entries in the competition.

The organisers say they hope other birds will receive some votes from voters instead.

The kākāpō has not been banned for good though and it is expected to be in the competition next year.

It’s not the first time the bird of the year contest has been in the spotlight.

Last year, a bat was crowned the winner after more than 7,000 people voted for the pekapeka-tou-roa, or long-tailed bat to swoop in to first place.

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