The cheeky, inquisitive nature of the world's only mountain parrot is well-known throughout New Zealand.

Highly intelligent and social, they learn from their parents and from experience. They love the challenge of taking things apart, which can be a problem if they take a liking to your car or motorbike!

To keep their minds and bodies stimulated, our keepers present their food in unusual ways, such as hidden underground, in a box of stones and leaves or dangling from a branch.

Through the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund, Auckland Zoo supports the conservation efforts of the Kea Conservation Trust.


A puzzle for the kea.


Cheeky kea

Find out more about these creative and noisy parrots from bird keeper Devon.