Unlike most parrots, the kea (Nestor notabilis) is adapted to a non-tropical mountain climate and will eat nearly anything edible. Famous for its curiosity and playfulness, the kea has been known to cause quite a bit of damage to the sealing around car windows and windshield wipers with its long, sharp beak.


Taken at the Cincinnati Zoo.


  • Where to see them: New Zealand
  • Lifespan: More than 20 yrs
  • Length: 1.6 ft
  • Habitat: Mountain forest
  • Diet: Plants, animals, and carrion
  • Risk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Vulnerable)
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