Keywords:bird, fiordland, Homer Tunnel, kea, Location, New Zealand
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The Kea (Nestor notabilis) is a large species of parrot found in forested and alpine regions of the South Island of New Zealand, nesting in burrows or crevices among the roots of trees. They are the only alpine parrot in the world and are easily recognized by their distinctive call, “kee-ah”. To survive in the harsh alpine environment kea have become inquisitive and nomadic social birds - characteristics which help kea to find and utilise new food sources. They are reputedly one of the most intelligent animals on the planet and are nationally famous for their cheeky and inquisitive nature.