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The Kea is known for his cheeky, funny and inquisitive personality and yet is one of the most intelligent birds in the world.

Kea grows up to 50cm long and although mostly vegetarian, also enjoy grubs and insects. They are found in the harsh alpine environment and have become inquisitive and nomadic social birds – characteristics which help Kea to find and utilise new food sources. Their inquisitive natures often cause Kea to congregate around novel objects and their strong beaks have enormous manipulative power.

If you are a frequent visitor to or live in an alpine environment you will know the Kea well. Raucous cries of “keeaa” often give away the presence of these highly social and inquisitive birds. However, their endearing and mischievous behaviour can cause conflict with people.

It is thought that the estimated number of wild Keas is between 1000,00 and 5000 birds.