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......
Kea are New Zealand’s alpine treasures. The Kea Conservation Trust works to preserve and protect these unique birds, both in their natural habitat in the wild and in captivity. In order to make our vision of a sustainable future for kea populations a reality, we need your support.
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Kea need your help
Lead is present as paint, flashings and nail heads in many buildings that were built prior to the 1990’s and until it is removed from the South Island, Kea will continue to test for lead and to die of lead poisoning at an alarming rate.