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Kea (Fledgling)

Nestor notabilis


Not 100% sure on the sex of this kea. Definitely a young bird due to the yellow colouration around the beak and cere, and the pale crown feathers suggest that this bird was a very recent fledgling (probably fledged within the week before the pictures were taken). Still showing the curiosity typical of the species though as it tried to get into our bags.


Alpine/sub-alpine scree/scrub etc.


This series was taken during the Kea Conservation Trust Summer Survey 2012 in the Hawdon Valley, Arthur's Pass. For more information on the Kea population surveys, check out

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bee.jacbs 9 years ago

Hi Andy! Beautiful Photographs. You have some great spottings! I am starting a Birds of New Zealand mission to document the biodiversity within New Zealand. It would be great if you would consider joining and adding future photos or even adding your previous spottings to the the mission. Keep up the good posts! Cheers.

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The MnMs 9 years ago

What is he stealing this time..? ;-)

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

They are full of curiosity!

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Canterbury, New Zealand

Spotted on Jan 16, 2012
Submitted on Jun 19, 2012

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