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Naughty alpine parrot information, facts - classicanimal

The naughty alpine parrot is a large-size bird species native to New Zealand. Those birds are known for their intelligence. It is the only truly alpine parrot in the world. They can found in the forest or alpine regions of the South Island of New Zealand and feeds roots, berries, insects.



Their scientific name is Nestor notabilis. They are also known as 'New Zealand mountain parrot', 'Kea parrot'.

Common Name: Naughty alpine parrot
Scientific Name: Nestor notabilis


Naughty alpine parrots belong to the family Nestoridae and the genus of Nestor. It is a species of the parrot. Their conservation status is 'Endangered'. These species are listed on the red list on ICUN.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Nestoridae
Genus: Nestor
Species: N. notabilis
Group: Bird
Conservation Status: Endangered


Naughty alpine parrot is found in New Zealand. They are habitats such as forests.

Living Locations: New Zealand
Habitat: Forest


Naughty alpine parrot is a large-sized bird and its whole body cover with feathers. It is mostly olive-green with a brilliant orange under its wings and has a large, narrow, curved, grey-brown upper beak. Males are larger than females. An adult length around 40 cm to 48 cm and the wingspan up to 90 cm to 100 cm. Their weight around 800 g to 870 g. They can fly at speed of up to 30 km/h.

Color: Olive-green
Weight: 800 g to 870 g (Approx)
Size: 40 cm to 48 cm (Approx)
Wingspan: 90 cm to 100 cm (Approx)
Top Speed: Up to 30 km/h (Approx)


Naughty alpine parrot is mainly part of the Omnivore diet, which means they eat meats and plants both. They mostly eat roots, leaves, flowers, seeds, grasshoppers, beetles.

Diet: Omnivore
Favorite Food: Roots, Leaves, Seeds, Grasshoppers, Beetles


Naughty alpine parrot has some natural predators like stoats, cats.

Predators: Stoats, Cats


Their lifespan up to 20 years in the wild. The naughty alpine parrot is a diurnal and solitary bird. But sometimes they live in a small group.

Lifestyle: Diurnal
Group Behavior: Solitary
Lifespan: Up to 20 Years


At the age of 3 years males and females, are ready to sexually mature. After the incubation period lasts around 30 days. Naughty alpine parrot lays three to five eggs in a breeding season. The young are called 'Chick'. Those young spend 10 weeks with their mothers.

Age of Sexual Maturity: 3 Years
Incubation Period: 30 Days
Average Lay Eggs: 3 to 5
Baby called: Chick
Age of Weaning: 10 Weeks


  • Naughty alpine parrots are the world's only alpine parrot.
  • They are known for their intelligence and curiosity, they can solve logical puzzles, such as pushing and pulling things in a certain order to get to the food.



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