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Kagu Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Rhynochetos jubatus
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    Kagus are found only on New Caledonia, an isolated island chain in the South Pacific.
  • Status

    This species is classified as endangered due to its small, fragmented population.
  • Habitat

    These birds are found in forest habitat across the island.
  • Niche

    These flightless birds feed on insects and lizards on the forest floor.
  • Life History

    Kagu breeding pairs establish forest territories, announcing their turf with a variety of calls—including some that sound like barks and hisses! Both parents incubate eggs and help to rear chicks. Hatchlings can remain in mom and dad’s territory for several years as they grow.


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