Story: Birds of mountains and open country

Kea on a car wing mirror (2nd of 2)

Kea on a car wing mirror

This kea is investigating the car door for anything it can remove with its strong beak. It won’t have any trouble ripping away the soft rubber seal around the window. In some mountain areas, people cover vulnerable parts of their car with fine wire mesh for protection, if parking for hours or days.

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Christina Troup, 'Birds of mountains and open country - Kea and people', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 April 2023)

Story by Christina Troup, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015