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Kea – Mountain Parrot

Endemic to New Zealand, the Kea is the only true alpine parrot in the world. Living in high-altitude beech forests and open subalpine herbfields up in the snow country of the alps and high country of the South Island. This mountain parrot has been named after is ‘ke-aa’ call. They are legendary for their intelligence and curiosity, with the adjustment to the harsh climate and environment has made them opportunists, leading to a reputation of being cheeky, a pest, the clown of the mountain, and an attraction, were nature meets human inhabitation. The Kea’s topside is mainly olive green, and have bright red and orange underwings. Like all parrots, they have two toes pointing forward and two back.

source: Wikipedia, Parrot Society, Te Ara

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