The Kea (Nestor notabilis) is a large species of parrot found in forested 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 one of the few alpine parrots 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 eat the rubber off car windows and moving around traffic cones!
Pop culture[change | change source]
New Zealand band Fatcat & Fishface wrote a song about Kea in their album Birdbrain.
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- BirdLife International (2012). "Nestor notabilis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 16 July 2012.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
- "Roadcone-moving kea get gym to distract them away from traffic". Stuff. Retrieved 2020-01-27.
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