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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 www.keaconservation.co.nz