The kea has been crowned Bird of the Year for 2017.

Known for their curiosity and intelligence, these mountain parrots are classified as Nationally Endangered with just 3,000 - 7,000 birds remaining.

Like many of New Zealand's native birds, kea are vulnerable to predation by introduced mammalian predators. When frequenting populated areas they are also known to get hit by cars or stuck in man-made objects. Lead poisoning is also causing problems for some populations of kea, as they lick and chew the lead nails and flashings on older houses and huts. They can also get sick from human food, which is sometimes fed to them by people. Kea could also be impacted by climate change as warming temperatures may limit their habitat range in New Zealand’s alpine environments.

Lend your voice to help the kea and all of New Zealand's native birds by supporting Bird of the Year with a donation.

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Previous winners

2016

Kōkako

2015

Bar Tailed Godwit

2014

Fairy Tern / Tara Iti

2013

Mohua

2012

Kārearea

2011

Pukeko

2010

Kākāriki

2009

Kiwi

2008

Kākāpō

2007

Grey Warbler

2006

Fantail

2005

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