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Kea

Nestor notabilis

Psittaciformes - Psittacidae - Parrots

Kea - Chick

© David Woolcock

Kea - ChickKea - Adult

Distribution: South Island, New Zealand

Habitat: Wooded valleys, forests bordering subalpine scrublands.

Diet: Fruits, berries, flowering mountain flax and other trees & shrubs. Will take flesh and bone marrow from carcasses and scavenge from rubbish dumps.

Breeding: Nest in crevice under rocks or tree roots, or hollow log.

Clutch size: 2-4 eggs

Incubation: 3-4 weeks

Protocols

Protocol from Paradise Park, Cornwall, UK

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Protocol established 2011
Used on 5 individuals
Success rate 100.00%

Rating

Protocol used for at least 5 individuals with over 75% success*
Used by 2 or more institutions 
Points on minimizing imprinting 
Birds went on to produce fertile eggs 
Birds went on to successfully parent rear 

Warning points
Please Note - This is a simplified/updated diet of the previous protocol below.

Protocol from Paradise Park, Hayle

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Protocol established ?
Used on ? individuals
Success rate ?%

Rating

Protocol used for at least 5 individuals with over 75% success*
Used by 2 or more institutions 
Points on minimizing imprinting 
Birds went on to produce fertile eggs 
Birds went on to successfully parent rear 

Warning points
None

Please keep us up-to-date and contact us with your own updates or new protocols for rearing the Kea.

References

Del Hoya, J., Elliott, A. & Sargatal, J. eds. (1997). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol4. Sandgrouse to Cukoos. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

Husbandry and Management of Kea at Paradise Park. David Woolcock. International Zoo Yearbook, Vol. 37. Pages 146-152

Link to video of chicks being hand reared at Paradise Park. Filmed by David Woolcock
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjhGCk7E6VM&feature=youtu.be

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