New Zealand – Kea Parrot

Kea, New Zealand
Kea, New Zealand

This big, green parrot from today’s picture came to us, to eat parts of our car, rubber pieces are its favorites… 😉 If you met them in New Zealand, you know what I’m talking about. If you’ve never heard about Kea you may think I’m joking… but I’m not…

These cheeky birds learnt that humans always have something to eat, so it’s clever to check them. Especially, when we go for a hike, it may happens that rubber parts of our car will be eaten/damaged by this alpine parrot and our items spread around.

When one Kea came to us, we’re excited and were taking pictures of it. But when the second one appeared, I got a bit scared.

My husband finds them very cute, well… I prefer penguins. 😉

p.s. I drew a kea, it’s really nothing sophisticated, if you want, you can find it in Drawings.

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Ta wielka, zielona papuga ze zdjęcia, może do Was przylecieć aby skosztować wszelkiej gumy w Waszym aucie. Jeżeli zwiedzaliście Nową Zelandię, to wiecie co mam na myśli. A jeżeli jeszcze tam nie byliście, możecie pomyśleć, że żartuję…

Nestor kea, to sprytna papuga. Nauczyła się, że przyjeżdżający w góry ludzie zawsze mają jakiś prowiant, więc warto zajrzeć do ich samochodu. Od czasu do czasu zdarza się, że w trakcie wędrówki po górach, nasz samochód może zostać zaatakowany przez kea. Żeby dostać się do środka, ptaki muszą tylko wydłubać uszczelki z okna, wtedy szyba sama wypadnie, a one dostaną to co chcą. Proste, prawda…

Gdy ta kea ze zdjęcia do nas podleciała, w pierwszej chwili chwyciliśmy za aparaty i robiliśmy jej zdjęcia, np. jak zjada naszą antenę samochodową… 😉 Gdy przyleciała jej znajoma, to ja się trochę przestraszyłam, to nie są małe, słodkie papużki…

Mój mąż uważa, że one są bardzo urocze, no cóż, ja ciągle wolę pingwiny. 😉

p.s. Bawiąc się cienkopisem narysowałam taka papugę, nic rewelacyjengo, ale jeżeli macie ochote zobaczyć – to znajdziecie obrazek w zakładce Drawings.

67 thoughts on “New Zealand – Kea Parrot”

  1. I’ve never heard of kea parrots – or their strange preferences for mealtimes! I think it must be a little alarming when they start eating parts of your car. Another interesting experience for you, though.

    1. it’s almost like with bears, they’re beautiful, we want to see them; but deep inside we don’t want to… 😉

  2. Przydałaby mi się ostatnio, gdy rozpaczliwie usiłowałem otworzyć szybę, żeby dostać się do zatrzaśniętych kluczyków w aucie:)

    1. hihi 😀
      z pewnością by się ucieszyła, choć nie wiadomo co by zrobiła z kluczykami gdyby je dorwała 😉

  3. Wow! The beak looks formidable! I’ve no doubt it could eat what it likes off my car.
    Bears here do the same. The world is getting smaller as we humans inhabit more and more and come in contact with the wild. I think and ponder about we can balance our needs and theirs. It’s a puzzle right now, but we’re clever and compassionate. I hope we can figure something out that will both allow us to grow, and they survive as I believe they can adapt as well. Balance is the key!

  4. when I saw this photo, I immediately thought of the Kakapo and the Kaka (hmm, a trio of New Zealand parrots whose names start with K!)

    I thought you were joking about the Kea’s appetite for rubber … and then I read the rest of your post! 🙂

  5. It is really an imposing big bird! I would love to have one close to me but the same time I can understand why 2 of them can make you feel a bit uncomfortable (even 1).

  6. Handsome little guy but I can imagine it might be costly to have him for a friend. 🙂

    1. indeed, it’s not. but they are smart birds and easily get bored, so have to find new way of entertainment 😉

    1. They are beautiful birds, but not for petting 😉
      I’d be terrified seeing 10 of them at once! 😀

  7. Startling that Kea’s eat plastic!! We had a huge vulture land on our rental in a National Park lot in the Everglades. I thought he’d dent the roof but we were lucky. Still love seeing wildlife, especially big birds (and penguins – lucky you.)

  8. It’s a really cool looking bird, but I can’t believe it just starts chowing down on your car parts! That’s crazy. I think I’d prefer the penguins!

  9. I spent three weeks in NZ last January and I am devastated I didn’t get to witness one of these incredible birds. Oh well I will just have to go back 🙂

  10. This is super cute! Rather like the macaque monkeys who associate humans with food and come running when they see you with camera in hand he he he 😉

    1. oh, with kea this fear makes lots of sense 😉
      I also “don’t like so much” some things, but still like to watch pictures of them 🙂

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