Nestor notabilis

Unlike most parrots, the kea 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.

The Zoo cares for the largest collection of kea – a highly intelligent mountain parrot from New Zealand – in North America and is committed to the conservation of this species.

Fact File

Species @ Risk Image
lengthLength: 1.6 ft
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 8 yrs
habitatHabitat: Mountain forest
dietDiet: Plants, animals, and carrion
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Vulnerable)