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Scientists have found that once belonged to a parrot. They say the fossilized bones are from the biggest parrot that ever lived. It was as tall as a three-year-old child and weighed around eight kilograms. The found the fossils in New Zealand. They have called the parrot Hercules, after a strongman of ancient Greek . The scientists studied the fossilized leg bones they found and said Hercules was around a metre . This means Hercules is twice the of all other known parrots. The largest parrot scientists know of is the kakapo, a bird that also lives in New Zealand. The kakapo is on the critically endangered species .

New Zealand is for its flightless birds. The kiwi is a of the country. Scientists say these are . This means they could become endangered if their stays the same. Another famous New Zealand bird is the 3.6-metre-tall moa. These flightless birds were the birds that ever lived. They were overhunted to early in the 15th century. Hercules lived about 19 million years ago. A researcher said it probably ate nuts, fruit and , and "perhaps even other parrots". A researcher said: "New Zealand is well known for its giant birds. Until now, no one has ever found an giant parrot, . There are many more unexpected yet to be discovered."

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