A young kea on the ground


Keas are incredibly versatile parrots with considerable intelligence, often compared favourably with primates - which is how they received their nickname of 'mountain monkeys'.

Scientific name: Nestor notabilis

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Kea taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.


The following habitats are found across the Kea distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status


  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1