Kea

Maori Name: 
Kea
Scientific Name: 
Nestor notabilis
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46 cm; Male 1000 g, Female 800 g. A large, often bold parrot, olive green with scarlet underwings and rump. Dark-edged feathers make it look sculpted. Bill, cere, eye and legs dark brown; upper mandible longer in the male. Juvenile has pale crown, yellow cere, eye-ring and on bill; yellow fades in a couple of years to bill only. Call a loud ringing ''keee-aa'', mainly in flight. Delights in aerobatics and playful but sometimes destructive behaviour. Habitat: Mainly in alpine zone, but also in forest and descends to lowland river flats. Breeding: Jul-Mar.

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