Kea

the only living parrot that lives in alpine habitats

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 the only alpine parrot in the world.

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N. notabilis
Binomial name
Nestor notabilis

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 cultureEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. 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: ref=harv (link)
  2. "Roadcone-moving kea get gym to distract them away from traffic". Stuff. Retrieved 2020-01-27.