Get to know the incredible Kea, the only alpine parrot in the world

A famous environmental lawyer, David Attenborough, has made a BBC documentary “The Smarter Parrot” that shows this wonderful bird, known as one of the smartest and happiest species.

This documentary was shot on Kia, on the west coast of New Zealand’s southern island, where these birds are found. Their home spans some 3.5 million hectares and they have used 100,000 of them in abundance, but unfortunately the numbers have gone so far that they are now threatened with extinction nationwide and only 3,000 to 7,000 are still alive.

An organization called the Kea Conservation Trust is grateful for the recognition of this special bird in the list of endangered animals nationwide and has expressed the belief that Kea is more of a New Zealand ambassador than an isolated kiwi.

“Many people say that Kea should be our national bird because they embody the meaning of being New Zealander: adventurous and ready for a challenge, and perhaps said,” He misunderstood a little, “said Tamsin Orr-Walker, Co-founder. by Trust.
“I think New Zealanders are starting to see how special Kia is. They are interactive birds and looking for people, which is unusual. The fact that they are coming down from our mountains is worrying.”

Unfortunately, recent research from the Kea Conservation Trust has shown that two thirds of chicks unfortunately do not reach the stage of development because their nests are tied to the ground, making them easy prey for rats, mice and sea bass. (By the way, the New Zealand government has promised to remove properties by 2050)

Or Walker has said that the threat to Kia is three-dimensional: through the species introduced and it leads to poisoning from old alpine homes such as huts and scissors, and through their interactions with people, including hitting machines or feeding inappropriate food.

Or Walker said it was difficult to deal with lead poisoning because thousands of old buildings are scattered in remote parts of the South Island that could poison the curious Kia. The effects of lead poisoning on birds have been catastrophic, including brain damage and death.

New Zealand Kea, the only parrot in the world, is threatened with extinction
An estimated 150,000 Kia were killed from 1860 onwards due to a government reward which was introduced after a dispute with sheep farmers.

The maintenance department and the Kea Conservation Trust continue to record Kia’s intentional deaths annually (due to lead, beatings or human poisoning), although such incidents are believed to be insufficiently reported.
Josh said: “Educational efforts have come a long way for New Zealanders who have learned to love and respect Kia, but if Kia causes a financial loss or begins to affect people’s profits, we can still tell stories about Kia’s death.” . Kemp, Kia’s expert in the New Zealand Conservation Department.

Despite his protection status, Keas shared the kiwi between those who love the moving nature of the funny parrot and those who curse its destructive habits, such as: B. Damage cars, tents, buildings in alpine environments, attack the inventory and stealing food regularly.


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