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Kea

Kea

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Scientific Name:

Nestor notabilis


Distribution

New Zealand.


Diet:

Omnivorous. Leaves, buds, nuts, berries, fruits, seeds, flowers, pollen, nectar, roots, stems, beetles, grasshoppers, snails, flesh and bone marrow from carcasses, rabbits, mice and even wounded sheep.


Facts

Habitat: high-altitude forest and alpine basins


Incubation: 3-4 weeks / 2-4 eggs


Social structure: highly social, groups up to 40 birds. Young males appear to disperse from natal area, while young females remain. As few as 10% of adult males may breed in any given year, this in part due to polygyny by dominant male birds.


Weight: 900gr


Dimensions: 48cm


Lifespan: 14 under human care


Estimated population in the wild: ~5.000


Threats: Deforestation for pasture causing reduction of food availability, shooting by farmers to protect their sheep, poisoning caused by eating from rubbish dumps.


IUCN Status: Vulnerable


Did you know that:

  1. Known for their curiosity and cleverness, keas will investigate any new item. They have been known to damage car accessories, dismantle tents in campgrounds and even steal small items.
  2. It consumes more fruit and disperses more seeds than all other bird species combined in its range
  3. They take their name from their main call usually sounded while in flight – “kee-aa.”  they also communicate through various "facial expressions" and by fluffing their head feathers. 



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