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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 parrot bird. It lives in forests and high rocky hills on the South Island of New Zealand. It is mostly olive-green in color and 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 curios. People think this may help them survive in the mountains.

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.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  2. "Roadcone-moving kea get gym to distract them away from traffic". Stuff. 9 January 2018. Retrieved 2020-01-27.