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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Nestoridae
Genus: Nestor
N. notabilis
Binomial name
Nestor notabilis
Gould, 1856
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Range in green

The kea (Nestor notabilis) is a large species of parrot found in forest and alpine regions of the South Island of New Zealand. It is mostly olive-green and has a large narrow curved grey-brown upper beak. The kea is the only alpine parrot in the world.

Kea are known for their intelligence and curiosity, both needed for their survival in a harsh mountain environment.

Kea like playing with human objects. They like to tear the rubber off car windows and moving around traffic cones.[2]

Pop culture[change | change source]

New Zealand band Fatcat & Fishface wrote a song about Kea in their album Birdbrain.

References[change | change source]

  1. BirdLife International (2017). "Nestor notabilis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2017: e.T22684831A93048746. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22684831A93048746.en.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  2. "Roadcone-moving kea get gym to distract them away from traffic". Stuff. Retrieved 2020-01-27.