The only alpine parrot in the world, who lives in New Zealand, is in danger of extinction.The Kea is a large species of parrot of the family Strigopidae found in 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,
Kea, New Zealand alpine parrot, is one of the most intelligent avian species. Present only in the mountains of the South Island of New Zealand, a habitat of 3.5 million hectares, specimens are playful and curious kea.
But the lovely birds are threatened by other predatory species, but also of lead poisoning due to outdated alpine construction, such as vacation homes or alpine shelters. Nor farmers do not consider them a blessing. 1860, over 150,000 copies of kea were killed under a government program initiated after a conflict with sheep breeders.
Despite their status as protected species, the population of New Zealand is divided, some making it please the playful nature of fowls, and others condemning their destructive habits, which leads to srticăciuni caused some cars, tents and buildings in rural Alpine and attacking flocks and stealing food.
Conservationists warn that, after several years in which kea population has declined drastically, now it is estimated that there are only 1,000 to 5,000 copies.
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