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Flying so high over the valley so low,
I'm as free as the wind and no one owns me.
My eyes as keen as binoculars, I miss nothing.
And with my sharp talons, I will guard my territory. by Betty-

The kea (/ˈkiːə/; Māori: [kɛ.a]; Nestor notabilis) is a species of large parrot in the family Nestoridae[2] found in the forested and alpine regions of the South Island of New Zealand. About 48 cm (19 in) long, it is mostly olive-green with a brilliant orange under its wings and has a large, narrow, curved, grey-brown upper beak. The kea is the world's only alpine parrot. Its omnivorous diet includes carrion,[3] but consists mainly of roots, leaves, berries, nectar, and insects. Now uncommon, the kea was once killed for bounty due to concerns by the sheep-farming community that it attacked livestock, especially sheep.[4] In 1986, it received full protection under the Wildlife Act.[5]

The kea nests in burrows or crevices among the roots of trees. Kea are known for their intelligence and curiosity, both vital to their survival in a harsh mountain environment. Kea can solve logical puzzles, such as pushing and pulling things in a certain order to get to food, and will work together to achieve a certain objective.[6] They have been filmed preparing and using tools
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Thanks for your lovely comment, bjm


Quite a majestic creature. Thanks for this puzzle.


So glad you enjoyed it, Fishes-




Thank you for your comment, morHelle


What a beautiful pictures. When I travelled in NZ I saw them in real life, an amazing experience.


A lovely puzzle! When Jim and I were visiting NZ, we were told all about these beaties, but never saw one. I seem to recall being told that they are very destructive with their beaks. At any rate, they are certainly beautiful and I am so glad you found this for Jigidi U, Jean!!!!


Peggy, glad to help with crosswords- anytime-

scifi- l appreciate your thoughtful comment- Be sure to read Jillian's comment below-


The pleasure is all mine, Betty-
Thank you-


Thank you Jean.


Gorgeous and interesting - now I know what a Kea parrot looks like, as well as where to find them. They have been the answer in a crossword puzzle for many years.


Thank you for the education about the Kea. I'd love to see one in its natural environment but your puzzle put me there.


Thank you, Jill-


@JillianB - Thanks, Jill. I would love to see one in person and watch its antics. Just beautiful...


@Birgit73 yes know the Kea really well, they are incredible inquisitive and clever - in fact were declared the cleverest bird in the world and their intelligence comparable to a monkeys. When we were camping if you left a teaspoon or such on the ground they would come and pinch it. Also been known to peck the rubber out of car window surrounds whilst people are hiking etc. They do have the most beautiful orange underside of their wings. Thanks Jean


L found it so as well, Donna


Love it, Betty- going to use it-


That is a quite incredible colouration.


Totally agree, renneasie- We could learn a lot if the world around us could speak!

oh okay, that's understandable. although I wasn't speaking on taking them out of their habitat, just wishing they could have a voice to speak out and educate us about how they see us and who or what they are all about as well, they are a beautiful bird.


l feel differently. renneasie- l am glad they can follow their own lives as they were intended to-
Perhaps we can learn by observation of their ways .
What worries me is that their habita tmay be endangered-``

it's too bad these parrots cannot be tamed to talk as we do. I'd bet they'd have lots to tell us. about ourselves and maybe we could have learned lots more about them as well. what a disappointment.


I don't blame it as I'd want to fly in the wild, too, if I could.


My sentiments, dear Birgit-- However they said this is one species that cannot be tamed-


@JillianB - Hey, Jill, have you ever seen the kea in your area or out and about? Just fantastic!


This is a gorgeous bird, Jean. Oh, I'd love to have one but it's best left in the natural environment. However, if I lived in NZ, it would be wonderful to see such a magnificent creature. The colours are splendid.


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