Kea in the news
DOC's Conservation Blog offers a behind-the-scenes look at our conservation work.
Hide your snacks: Litter and our birds
15 January 2019
Protecting New Zealand’s native species can be as simple as putting that apple core in your backpack.
The do’s and don’ts of interacting with NZ’s native wildlife
16 December 2018
If you’re here from overseas visiting our unique nature; or are from elsewhere in the country exploring your wider backyard, here are some hot tips to treat wildlife the Kiwi way.
Comeback for curious kea Tiaki
13 June 2018
After a month of care and rehabilitation, our staff had the privilege of releasing Tiaki the Kea back to his mountain home in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.
The fatal flaw in New Zealand birds’ nests
26 November 2017
New Zealand's birds aren't known for being particularly savvy when it comes to defending themselves from introduced predators.
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.
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.