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But what is a kea?
Information from Kea Conservation Trust
Kea are a unique and endangered parrot (psittacine) species endemic to the Southern Alps of New Zealand. They are one of three parrot species which evolved in isolation over millions of years, playing an important role as alpine seed distributors and ‘cleaners’ and are highly valued as one of the most intelligent bird species in the world.
To ensure that kea are optimally managed and protected it is necessary to understand the species natural habitat, lifecycle and behaviour in the wild, their interactions with people and the range of threats impacting on them. Additionally, understanding best practice management of kea in captivity is also necessary to ensure the captive population provides positive education and encounter opportunities to inspire new generations to care for kea in the wild.
Kea are endemic to the South Island of New Zealand and are closely associated with mountain beech and lowland podocarp forests. Their range extends approximately 3.5 million hectares from the far north-western forests in Kahurangi National Park and Abel Tasman to the far south-western reaches of Fiordland. Although they are generally found in the west and central areas of the Southern Alps, kea are also found in the Kaikoura Mountains located on the eastern coast of the South Island.
Their environment is extreme and extensive and although they are predominately associated with lowland and mountain forests, they are also found foraging in high altitude alpine meadows and scree slopes. Strong flyers, they are often seen catching the mountain thermals and flying across the tops of snow covered peaks over 2,000 metres high.
To learn more about the kea and conservation efforts visit the Kea Conservation Trust’s website here.