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The New Zealand robin is a small and ordinary-looking songbird, but it can take down enormous invertebrate prey and hide morsels for later consumption. Supplied

A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolution

The New Zealand robin has learnt to hide left-over food for later consumption, and it turns out that male birds with the best spatial memory have the greatest breeding success.
The flightless, nocturnal and sweet-smelling kākāpō was thought to be extinct, but during the 1970s, two remnant populations were discovered. One, in Fiordland, included only males. From Wikimedia Commons

Plant hormone boost for New Zealand’s critically endangered night parrot

New research suggests that New Zealand’s bizarre nocturnal parrot, the kākāpō, needs plant hormones to breed successfully.

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