Inspiring communities to protect kea, the world's only mountain parrot
Kea Conservation - Preserving a National Treasure
Named by Maori for the sound of its call, the kea (Nestor notabilis) is endemic to the Southern Alps of New Zealand and is the world’s only mountain parrot. These sociable and highly intelligent birds are well adapted to their harsh environment. Unfortunately, the traits that kea developed for survival, their curiosity and omnivorous appetite, have created conflict with humans over the last 150 years. Persecution and predation have sorely depleted numbers and, with only a few thousand birds remaining, the kea is a Nationally Endangered species.
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Kea are a unique and endangered parrot (psittacine) species endemic to the Southern Alps of New Zealand. Kea are highly adaptive and are considered by scientists to be one of the most intelligent bird species in the world. This intelligence and curiosity makes them both......
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What's Coming Up
2016 Winter Advocacy Tour
Our 2016 Winter Advocacy Tour will begin on Monday 27 June and run for 11 days around the South Island. This year’s theme, “A kea revolution – transforming perceptions to save the world’s only mountain parrot” will look at the process of changing a hundred year war against kea, into a battle to save them.
It will also look at how our local communities are getting on board to halt keas slippery slide into oblivion and the ways in which each of us can get involved in the kea revolution. For talk locations, dates and times please visit our Winter Advocacy Tour page.