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About the Kea

The Kea is a very special parrot. It is one of only a few alpine parrot species in the world and it eats carrion in a diet that otherwise consists of mostly roots, berries and insects. It is native to the South Island of New Zealand, where it is a protected species. These large parrots are famous for their intelligence and curiosity, which they both need to survive in the harsh mountain environment.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 06 October 2009
Scientific Name Nestor notabilis
  • Psittaciformes
  • Nestoridae
  • Nestor
  • N. notabilis
Birdorable Family Parrots & Parakeets
Conservation Status Vulnerable
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 July 2017)
Measurements
Units: Imperial Metric
19.5 inches
28 to 32 ounces
Range Australia and New Zealand

Conservation

From IUCN Red List:
The Kea is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This charismatic species is believed to be declining because of predation by, and competition with, various introduced mammals. It is widely acknowledged that it is very hard to accurately estimate its population size; however, the estimates available generally indicate that the population could be small. For these reasons it is listed as Vulnerable. Now that a monitoring method has been devised, it is hoped that current trend and population estimates can be improved upon.

International Names

  • Nestor Kea (Czech)
  • Kea (Danish)
  • Kea (Dutch)
  • Nestor Kéa (French)
  • Kea (German)
  • Kea (Italian)
  • ミヤマオウム (Miyamaoomu) (Japanese)
  • Kea (Norwegian)
  • Nestor Kea (Polish)
  • Kea (Russian)
  • Kea (Spanish)
  • Kea (Swedish)

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