Exudative cloacitis in kakapo

Photo: Kakapo

This is one of fewer than 150 living kakapo in the world, and part of an intensively managed conservation and breeding program. Click image for larger image

The kakapo is a large, flightless, nocturnal parrot, living on only a few small islands off the New Zealand coast. CZAR director Dr. Paul-Murphy collaborates on medical research with the Kakapo Recovery breeding program. Exudative cloacitis is an emerging disease among kakapo, causing inflammation of the lower digestive and reproductive tracts. Affected birds are unable to breed, making it a significant threat to this critically endangered bird. Ongoing research is investigating the cause of this disease and will hopefully lead to successful recovery


  • 2013 Kaytee Avian Foundation Grant: Investigating the cause of, and best treatment for, exudative cloacitis in kakapo.