Kea bird NZ
New Zealand Kea photographs and about. The Kea is about the size of a sulphur Crested Cockatoo, up to 50cm. There's not much difference visually between the male and female except the male generally has a more curved beak. The young Kea has a pale yellow lower mandible and cere. They are related to the kaka (Nestor meridionalis)
New Zealand Kea (Nestor notabilis) is a large species of parrot (superfamily Strigopoidea) found in forested and alpine regions of the South Island of New Zealand. The Kea nests in burrows or crevices among the roots of trees. Kea are known for their intelligence and curiosity, both vital to their survival in a harsh mountain environment. Kea can solve logical puzzles, such as pushing and pulling things in a certain order to get to food, and will work together to achieve a certain objective.
Who's NOT a pretty boy, then? Nelson, the baby parrot, who could be the ugliest bird in the world
Nelson was sadly rejected by his mother when he hatched at Bergzoo in Germany. But he can take some comfort in the knowledge that he will one day grow up to be an attractive Kea parrot.
Kea (Nestor notabilis). There are many of these in Doubtful Sound. They are amazing birds and fun to watch. Apparently the most intelligent bird of all - they were given tests to prove it. They seem to be one step ahead because they work together to plan their actions and then carry them out! Conniving little devils they are.
A kea strutting its stuff at the top of Avalanche Peak, NZ. We'd made it to the summit despite a group of kea doing their best to knock us off the rocky, narrow ridge during the ascent.