KEA the curious parrot

Keas are inquisitive, intelligent, cheeky and very endearing parrots,  found in the alpine areas of the South Island of New Zealand. They are protected. Their call is a wonderful “keeeeee-aaaaaa” sound.  They are attracted to ski field areas as a source of food. We are mindful of leaving our car in a ski field car park for any length of time –  rubber sealings, windscreen wipers, not to mention ski racks, can experience a kea attack!  These photos were taken at Porters Ski Field car park, about 90km northwest of  Christchurch, at an elevation of 1300 m (4,000ft).

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