Heracles inexpectatus (red) & Kakapo (green)Your model is disabled. For more details go to Edit properties3D Model
In green: the three primary bones of the left leg of the endemic New Zealand large parrot Kākāpō (Strigops habroptilus).
In red: the left tibiotarsus (shin bone) of the extinct giant New Zealand parrot Heracles inexpectatus (holotype). Home Hills Station, Otago, New Zealand.
Digital bone replicas from by Flinders University Palaeo Lab from specimen intended to be accessioned into Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa collection and specimen in Auckland War Memorial Museum collection. (Specimens S.51083 & L5 respectively).
Evidence for a giant parrot from the Early Miocene of New Zealand , Worthy et al 2019.
Paper available at https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsbl.2019.0467