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

The kea (Nestor notabilis) is a large parrot. It lives in forests and high rocky hills on the South Island of New Zealand. It is mostly olive-green in color. It has a large, narrow, curved, grey-brown upper beak. The kea is the only parrot in the world that lives in alpine habitats.

Kea are intelligent and curious. People think this may help them survive in the mountains.

Kea likes playing with human objects. They like to tear the rubber off car windows and move 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. "Nestor notabilis: BirdLife International: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T22684831A93048746". IUCN. 1 October 2016. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22684831A93048746.en. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  2. "Roadcone-moving kea get gym to distract them away from traffic". Stuff. 9 January 2018. Retrieved 2020-01-27.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Kea at Wikimedia Commons
Data related to Kea at Wikispecies