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Kea parrots, near Arthur's pass, Southern Alps NZ...It was ice-cold, and they seem pretty hungy, so we fed them, although we were not supposed to... They 're very intelligent and protected by the NZ laws, but juvenile mortality is very high (40% in the first year of life), and lately there have been incidents of several shot and killed birds, 7 alone were found near Arthur's pass village :(

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KarenSaxton 11 years ago

so cute

DespinaTsafetopoulou 11 years ago

Yes @Alice, they do cause some car damages (their beaks, are like can openers), but you know, from my point of view, those parrots live there since ever, and it's the humans who invaded their space, and use them as touristic atraction...But guess what, the parrots are only interested of people, when it's winter...You don't usually see them around when it's spring or summer, because they can find lots of food by themselves...
If the locals want to "save" their cars, they should cover them, or put them in their garages, not kill the hungry birds...

alicelongmartin 11 years ago

I understand they can become mischievous and do some damage to cars also?

New Zealand

Spotted on Jul 14, 2011
Submitted on Oct 9, 2012

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