a discourse on a Kea... in words:
The Kea Māori is a large species of parrot found in forested and alpine regions of the South Island. About 19 inches 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, 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 It received full protection only in 1986
and in photos:
beautiful feathers and colors--
you can see he is quite beautiful - but while we saw the brilliant orange (small tiny hint highlighted in section above with arrow pointing to it) we never caught him in full flight to see the incredible color -
so here is a photo from the Internet to show you-
and now on the water in Milford Sound....
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