Kea


Habitat

Kea are someimtes found in lowland forest but are most common in Alpine areas particularly whereever gullible tourists can be found. Numbers are difficult to judge as Kea are quite territorial and mobile and you will often see the same Kea frequently during a days tramping.


Identification

Kea are similar to Kaka however they are slightly larger and have a bright green appearance. The call really does sound like Kea although a little screechy.


Links

Wikipedia, Dept of conservation, NZBirds.com, Kea Conservation Trust


Summary

These are my favourite NZ birds. They are intelligent and curious mixing well with people particularly when they have something they want. They are also excellent thieves taking anything shiny or useful with many a car being ripped to pieces for the shiny bits. I've also seen then pull shiny tent pegs out of the ground calapsing tents, you have been warned.


Kea
Whose a handsome Kea then...




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