Call of the Kea

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Kea -

‘Kea’ is de­rived from the an­cient Maori name for these alpine par­rots, and – like many Maori words – does not end in an ‘s’ when plu­ral. It is thought to be a ref­er­ence to the birds’ dis­tinc­tive ‘kee-ah’ calls (which you can lis­ten to at xeno-canto. org). How­ever, these so­cia­ble birds also have a wide reper­toire of other vo­cal­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing squeals and whin­nies, as well as com­mu­ni­cat­ing by body lan­guage and even feather pos­tur­ing and dis­plays.

Kaka ( left) means par­rot and riki ( right) means lit­tle.

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