Kea are large parrots that live in the South Island high country, sometimes venturing down to valley floors. Their call is a ringing ‘keee-aa’. Playful and inquisitive, they can be destructive around ski fields and campsites, vandalising or stealing unattended items. In the past kea gained an undeserved reputation as sheep killers and many were shot. Since 1986 they have been fully protected by law.
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