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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.

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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