Story: Birds of mountains and open country

Kea eating carrion

Kea eating carrion

Kea survive mainly on plant foods, but they are quick to make use of more sustaining animal fat, flesh and bone marrow when available. This deer’s foot is an opportunity for some extra nourishment.

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Christina Troup, 'Birds of mountains and open country - Kea – the mountain parrot', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 June 2024)

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