Tiaki here isn't just your typical bird brain! He hails from New Zealand, where he and his kinfolk (a species of flightless, nocturnal parrots) number among the last 123 kakapo in the world. Due to their reduced numbers, Tiaki stepped forward to be the guardian and protector of his people. The Kakapo has historically been important to the MÄori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, appearing in many of their traditional legends and folklore. Because of this, Tiaki has chosen to adopt the MÄori culture, dressing as one of their warriors, adopting their sacred tattoos (called Ta Moko), and dancing the peruperu haka (war dance) before going into battle. Never has a flightless parrot been so feared... and so loved.