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"Destructive Parrots!" Top 5 Page for this destination New Zealand Warnings Or Dangers Tip by kiwi

New Zealand Warnings and Dangers: 147 reviews and 102 photos

  Mountain parrots, Keas
by kiwi

These mountain parrots are among the few species of parrot familiar with snow. Unlike most others, they are not brilliantly coloured but do have some lovely colours hidden under their wings.
They are very friendly, or should I say, they are not afraid. Perhaps this is because they know they have a powerful weapon in their beak!!
Keas have been known to almost dismantle a vehicle! They can remove hubcaps, take out complete windscreen seals, making the screen dislodge. They can carry off a whole boot leaving trampers (trekkers) with one boot! They can take off with a heavy SLR camera and fly off with it.
They have been known to reach into a pack and remove items. Don't ever underestimate their ability, so always be aware and prepared. Keas live to 20 yrs of age or more, so they know about things!!
Their mischieviousness and playfulness has been described as a sign of a higher level of intelligence, so always respect these wonderful birds. They are quite happy walking around, and don't fly to move from A to B if they can walk.

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  • Written Oct 12, 2003
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