Story: Land birds – overview

Kea and kākā colours

Kea and kākā colours

Many of New Zealand’s birds lack bright colours – probably to avoid being noticed by eagles and other predatory birds. But these two parrots, the kea (a mountain parrot, left) and the kākā, have bright splashes of yellow and red under their wings.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Hand-coloured lithograph by John Gerrard Keulemans

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Kerry-Jayne Wilson, 'Land birds – overview - Weird and wonderful birds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/9882/kea-and-kaka-colours (accessed 28 September 2020)

Story by Kerry-Jayne Wilson, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 20 Apr 2015