Story: Birds of mountains and open country

Kea digging out a shearwater chick

Kea occasionally visit this colony of Hutton’s shearwaters in the Seaward Kaikōura Range to raid nest burrows for eggs or chicks. Kea don’t take enough chicks to threaten the colony’s viability, but stoats and feral cats are a significant threat to the shearwaters.

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Christina Troup, 'Birds of mountains and open country - Kea and people', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 September 2023)

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