Kea (Nestor notabilis), the world’s only alpine parrot, is endangered.
Keas are cheeky, curious and are rated as one of the most intelligent birds in the world. They eat berries, roots, buds, seeds, insects and worms. They are also opportunistic feeders, and will scavenge on dead animals, birds eggs and rubbish left by humans. You can help their well being by not feeding them and making sure you dispose of your food scraps carefully.
They also like to take things apart, including removing nails from the huts around the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.
We actively support the Department of Conservation’s programme to remove lead nails from huts, to prevent any harm to our Kea population. Part of your experience cost helps fund this initiative.
For more information and facts on this national treasure, please see the Department of Conservation and Kea Conservation websites.