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Nestor notabilis


A kea, infamous for its can-open beak that it uses to rip into anything it finds. Backpacks, cars, etc.

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Adam Braz tb2
Adam Braz tb2 10 years ago

That bird has huge feet!

CarolSnowMilne 10 years ago

Awesome bird!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

A carnivorous parrot. Amazing.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Wonderful series!

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 10 years ago

Amazing bird!

AndyNewman 10 years ago

Looks to me like a fledgling or young male Kea. The yellow around the cere and beak are an indication of the youth of the bird. As they grow older, the amount of yellow decreases and when they are fully adult, there will be no yellow colouration left around the beak/cere. Sexing a Kea isn't quite as easy, but male birds are generally noticeably larger than females, and the upper mandible of the male is longer. Great photos though.

If you like the Kea, check out the work done by the Kea Conservation Trust:

Thurd13 11 years ago

great photo + very interesting bird!

craigstanton 11 years ago

And the vast majority of snow-boarders are unarmed.

BareFeat 11 years ago

He looks onary, like a mean old man. :) Very nice spotting, and interesting stories from everyone. Love the pictures.

Thanks for the Spotting

peter 11 years ago

Spotting of the day!

"Kea are known for their intelligence and curiosity, can even solve logical puzzles and work together towards a common goal."

CynthiaMHori 11 years ago

a very strange but cool looking bird. Love it!

Christiane 11 years ago

Well.. I was sitting at a car park and watch them tearing the rubber around the windscreen off.. not just the wipers! It was amazing.. They had so much fun..

lori.tas 11 years ago

I was told, visiting glacier country, that we would have no trouble spotting Kea, as they would likely be in the car parks tearing the rubber off of windscreen wipers. NOT TRUE. I never saw one, in the wild or otherwise. Bummer. Guess I'll have to come back. ;)

Great shot, in perfect surroundings, of one of the few Alpine parrot species.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

Thanks for sharing with this very special and rare bird. I surprised to know Parrot's bill can be such angular..!!

Carolina 11 years ago

I like the first picture a lot.

craigstanton 11 years ago

No cars nearby on this trip, we were a day's walk from the road, but one of them was edging towards a pair of sunglasses left on the deck before another hiker intervened.

The MnMs
The MnMs 11 years ago

..I meant "were"...Gosh! I can´t write properly today :-)

The MnMs
The MnMs 11 years ago

I absolutely love this sighting! where the keas very naughty..did they try to steal things from you or dismantle the cars nearby?? :-)

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New Zealand

Spotted on Jun 13, 2011
Submitted on Jun 13, 2011

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