Family New Zealand Parrots (Strigopidae)

Vulnerable

Kea (Nestor notabilis)


Taxonomy

French: Nestor kéa German: Kea Spanish: Kea
Taxonomy:

Nestor notabilis

Gould

, 1856,

South Island#R#R, New Zealand

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Mountains of South I, New Zealand.

Descriptive notes

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

Voice

The commonest call is a long and loud, descending nasal cry, which may be quavering and burry “kree... read more

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

Juveniles form wandering flocks in autumn.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. Formerly considered Near Threatened. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Total population estimated very crudely at 1000–5000 birds... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., de Juana, E. & Boesman, P. (2017). Kea (Nestor notabilis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/54482 on 14 December 2017).