Adult and juvenile kea, Crayfish Heights, Fiordland
Population: 1000–5000Threat status: At riskFound in: Alpine environments of the South IslandDid you know: The world’s only alpine parrot, the kea is renowned for its intelligent and inquisitive nature. Kea nest on the ground, and monitoring indicates up to 60% of nests can be attacked by predators during breeding.
Kea is at risk from a predator plague caused by high levels of seed production ('beech mast') in 2014. Battle for our Birds protects kea and other native species from predators.
As part of the Protecting Our Place partnership with DOC, Dulux New Zealand is contributing $50,000 annually from 2013 towards the Kea Conservation Trust’s nest monitoring programme. In addition to that funding any funds raised through the consumer donation programmes will go to the Trust.
Dulux’s involvement in the programme means the Trusts’ nest monitoring programme can grow and extend further in addition to the existing monitoring sites in the Nelson Lakes area.
Did you know that the kea is rated as one of the most intelligent birds in the world? Learn all about kea in this section.
Loss of habitat and negative interactions with humans are two of the greatest threats to kea. Find out why and what you can do to protect these curious and intelligent birds.
Monitoring kea and working to reduce conflicts between humans and these curious birds are two ways DOC is working to protect this amazing species.
You can help kea by minimising contact. Don't feed kea and keep temptations out of their way. If you see a banded kea please report it to the nearest DOC office.
Dulux has partnered with DOC to paint and protect backcountry huts and other recreation and historic assets, and to support the Kea Conservation Trust.
To protect our native wildlife the Department of Conservation is implementing the 'Battle for our Birds' predator control programme.
Listen to or download a recording of kea song.
New Zealand Birds Online Encyclopedia of New Zealand birds
DOC's 24 hour emergency hotline:
0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468)
Call to report sick or injured wildlife, and whale or dolphin strandings.