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New Zealand mountain parrot information, facts - classicanimal

New Zealand mountain 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.

INFORMATION

NAME & SCIENTIFIC NAME

Their scientific name is Nestor notabilis. They are also known as 'Kea parrot', 'Naughty alpine parrot'.

Common Name: New Zealand mountain parrot
Scientific Name: Kea parrot

SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION

New Zealand mountain 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

HABITAT & LIVING LOCATION

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

Living Locations: New Zealand
Habitat: Forest

APPEARANCE

New Zealand mountain 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)

DIET

New Zealand mountain 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

PREDATOR

New Zealand mountain parrot has some natural predators like stoats, cats.

Predators: Stoats, Cats

LIFESPAN & LIFESTYLE

Their lifespan up to 20 years in the wild. New Zealand mountain 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

BREED

At the age of 3 years males and females, are ready to sexually mature. After the incubation period lasts around 30 days. New Zealand mountain 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

SHORT FACTS

  • New Zealand mountain 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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