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Scientific Name: Nestor notabilis

Habitat: high-altitude forests and alpine basins

Diet: leaves, fruit, nuts, seeds, flowers, insects, rodents

Life span: unknown in the wild (14–50 years in captivity)

Young: 2–4 eggs/clutch

Size: average length 48 cm (18.9 in)

These highly intelligent birds live in family groups of 30 to 40 individuals.

Although kea usually eat plant material, they are opportunistic omnivores that also feed on insects, rodents, lizards, sea-bird chicks, and sheep carcasses. Kea forage in the morning and evening, and roost mid-day and at night.

They are only found in the mountains of South Island, New Zealand.

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Kea on Animal Diversity Web


Range: New Zealand

Status in the Wild

Status: threatened

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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