Kea
Image: Andrew Walmsley ©

Introduction

Watch videos, read blog posts by our staff, and check out the latest news articles about kea and our work with this inquisitive bird.

Kea in the news



Blog posts

DOC's Conservation Blog offers a behind-the-scenes look at our conservation work.

  • Volunteering on the Heaphy track
    25/04/2016
    Anja Scholz tells us about her experience volunteering as an assistant hut warden along the Heaphy Track.
  • Top 10 native species of 2015
    30/12/2015
    We look back at our native species that have captured the attention of the internet world this year.
  • Swapping wildlife for a retired life
    18/09/2014
    By Michelle Crouchley, Partnerships Ranger, Te Anau Following a career spanning 30 years of service to conservation, Te Anau Wildlife Park ranger Carol Gardner, has retired from DOC. ‘The big break’ Carol started working in conservation so long ago that she can’t even remember the date! It all began when she started to look for […]
  • Photo of the week: The world’s only alpine parrot
    16/09/2014
    The kea, named by Maori for the sound of its call, is endemic to the Southern Alps of New Zealand and is the world’s only mountain parrot. Today’s photo of the week is of two kea in Arthur’s Pass National Park showing off their beautiful coloured feathers. Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith announced yesterday that $90,000 from the Community Conservation Partnership Fund would […]

Videos about kea

Carnivorous parrots (BBC)
David Attenborough comes to New Zealand to uncover our famous kea during his TV series The Life of Birds.

Kea: Mountain parrot (NHNZ)
This documentary tells the story of the inimitable kea. The 'Clown of the Alps' is heralded as the world's smartest bird (its intelligence rivals a monkey's).

Meet the Locals: Treble Cone vandals
When winter arrives, it’s not just humans who flock to the ski fields. At Treble Cone, near Wanaka, some cheeky locals turn the ski field and car park into their playground.

Meet the Locals: The kea
The kea, known to many of us for its high altitude antics, is in trouble. Once common around the South Island mountains, it is now thought to number only around a few thousand birds.

Clever kea
View footage of a kea trying to break into a trap in the Mount Aspiring National Park area to reach eggs.

Kea Conservation Trust video
Watch this promotional video made for the Kea Conservation Trust and find out more about this cheeky parrot.

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