48 cm; adult mean 922 g. Brown head and underparts with indistinct blackish edges to feathers, shading to dull bronze green on back and wings with stronger black scaling;... read more
The commonest call is a long and loud, descending nasal cry, which may be quavering and burry “kree... read more
Wooded valleys and Nothofagus forests bordering subalpine scrublands at 600–2000 m,... read more
Food and feeding
Changes through year. In Jan birds feed on flowering mountain flax (Phormium colensoi), rata (Metrosideros) and other... read more
Chiefly Jul–Jan, although recorded at all times of year except late autumn. Nest in crevice under rocks or in tree roots, or in... read more
Juveniles form wandering flocks in autumn.
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in South Island of New Zealand EBA. Estimating Kea population size is difficult due to their extensive range, rugged... read more
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