Two kea playing

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Two kea playing by Donald Lousley.I was with a group of friends, all NZ Dept of Conservation staff or volunteers and when we were leaving Aspiring Hut in the West Matukituki Valley of Mount Aspiring National Park one chilly morning in Nov. 2013 we were “checked out” while opening a gate, by quite a group of kea.

The kea is an alpine parrot found in forested and alpine regions of the South Island of New Zealand and is approx. 48 cm long. Coloured shades of olive and green, and when flying it’s possible to see a magnificent orange colour under its wings.

It has a superb intelligence and with it’s large, narrow, curved, grey-brown upper beak can wreck havoc with tents, car window wipers and a favourite is the soft top of sports cars. In younger birds as per this photo the beak colour is more yellow

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