The Keas name came about due to their vocal 'kea-a' sound and although they are known to be mountain birds, they are often found in forest or bush areas. They are famous for their comical behaviour and their bad habit of scavenging.
Some males have more than one wife and they often band together as a family flock around the settlements in the high country of the Southern Alps and provide much amusement for tourists visiting the area. They seem to enjoy the company of people and often flock to watch trampers.
They have a bad reputation with farmers as they eat carrion, but it is rare for a Kea to hunt or kill sheep and they are partially protected today. They also live on berries, buds and leaves, insects and nectar from flowers.
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