11 comments on “The Kea – New Zealand’s Amazing Alpine Parrot

  1. How amazing that a wild bird is attracted to humans! I love learning about all the different species in this wide, wonderful world…thanks for sharing!

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  2. When I saw the first photo, I immediately thought, WOW, Ashley’s even rock climbing for birds! 🙂 Gorgeous captures of your son-iin-law’s, what an interesting parrot. I think they do look a little mischievous!

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    • Thanks Donna, Ha Ha! You made me chuckle at your comment, I would certainly be an obsessed ‘twitcher’ doing a Big Year if that were the case. You have probably seen the movie comedy, if not you would enjoy it. I think that first photo really captures the character of the bird, and yes mischievous might be a nice way to put it, or it might be that they just love the challenge to dissemble human devices with their strong beak and their witty mind. have a wonderful week my friend!

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    • Thanks Lee, yes it is amazing how these birds thrive in freezing conditions most of the year, and our Lord has equipped them with all they need, especially the skills and the clever wisdom needed to find food when it is scarce.

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  3. That first photo is an amazing shot! I’ve seen videos on tv of this bird and its obsession with rubber. In one respect it’s funny to watch, but I have always wondered what makes these birds do such a thing.

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    • Thanks Sue, yes it is always quite humorous to see these birds at work dismantling man made objects, they remind me of our sulphur cockies chewing up verandahs, they just like to strengthen their beaks and show off a bit, especially the young Kea studs.

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  4. Nice post and a fantastic photo (and encounter) by your stepson-in-law! It is very handy that we always seem to have a decent camera of some type in our pocket these days, but what a shot that would have been with a dslr and a wide lens! You need to send him back up there! 🙂

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    • Thanks David, yes that first shot really captures the strong survival character of the bird, and to be shot with a phone has amazing clarity. Yes my wife and are thinking of going back there ourselves in the next couple of years and get some more Kea shots. Have a great week and a wonderful new year!

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