Kea

Nestor notabilis (Gould, 1856)

Summary

Alpine parrot with a very small population (actual number in the order of a few thousands of individuals) and with a very small distribution area (occurs in South Island in New Zealand).
Endemic species, occurring mainly in montane forests and adjacent alpine and subalpine areas.
The evolution trend of the global population is apparently a decreasing one.

Global conservation status

Vulnerable (IUCN ver. 3.1, 2010)
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Common names

  • Kea

Subspecies

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Behavior

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Flight

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Habitat

Occurs mainly in montane native forests, sub-alpine scrubs, highland grasslands, but also in forest plantations and farms in the vicinity of mountainous areas.

Feed

It feeds mainly on berries, shoots, seeds and insects but also animal carcasses, human wastes in refuse dumps, and Huttons shearwater chicks (Puffinus huttoni).

Breeding

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