The Notorious Nestor notabilis: Conservation of the Clever Kea

Hiking the Edwards-Hawdon Route in Arthur’s Pass National Park a few weeks ago, I had my first encounter with the majestic, yet devious, kea (Nestor notabilis). While stopping to catch my breath, a curious kea hopped over to greet me. I was thrilled to see this beautiful bird for the first…

Death by chocolate – Why human food poses a danger to clever kea

This blog post was written by postgraduate student Helene Rohl as part of the course, Research Methods in Ecology (Ecol 608). Helene revisits a Lincoln University research area that look at the risks that waste has for kea published in 1998.Kea are the only true mountain parrots in the world and are…

Bringing home the bacon – Male kea and their unusally big beaks.

This blog post was written by postgraduate student Jenny Dent as part of the course, Research Methods in Ecology (Ecol 608). Jenny revisits a Lincoln University research area that looks atthe differences between males and females published way back in 1991.“Argh, he’s attacking the thermos!!”This particular tourist doesn’t seem overly thrilled…