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.
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.