The KEA: a New Zealand problem

George Reginald Marriner (1879 - 1910)

The kea (Nestor notabilis) is the world's only alpine parrot, and is endemic to the South Island of New Zealand. Although this large parrot is beloved of modern-day New Zealanders for its cheeky intelligence and mischievous behaviour (when someone else's tent is being shredded, or pack being raided), it has not always been so loved, and is currently classified as an endangered species. Its decline began in the 19th century, with the arrival of European settlers, their sheep, and the payment of rich rewards to bounty hunters for kea beaks. Written in 1907, The Kea: a New Zealand problem including a full description of this very interesting bird, its habitat and ways together with a discussion of the theories advanced to explain its sheep-killing propensities summarises kea behaviour and the evidence from the 19th century that kea engaged in predatory behaviour towards sheep. (Summary by Gail Timmerman-Vaughan)

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Animals, Nature

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Dedication and Author's Note Gail Timmerman Vaughan
Play 01 Chapter I. The kea country Gail Timmerman Vaughan
Play 02 Chapter II. Description Gail Timmerman Vaughan
Play 03 Chapter III. Haunts and habits Gail Timmerman Vaughan
Play 04 Chapter IV. Nesting Gail Timmerman Vaughan
Play 05 Chapter V. At play Gail Timmerman Vaughan
Play 06 Chapter VI. Early records Gail Timmerman Vaughan
Play 07 Chapter VII. The sheep killer Gail Timmerman Vaughan
Play 08 Chapter VIII. Getting into bad habits Gail Timmerman Vaughan
Play 09 Chapter IX. Kidney theory Gail Timmerman Vaughan
Play 10 Chapter X. Time of attack Gail Timmerman Vaughan
Play 11 Chapter XI. The damage done Gail Timmerman Vaughan
Play 12 Chapter XII. Kea hunting Gail Timmerman Vaughan
Play 13 Chapter XIII. Distribution Gail Timmerman Vaughan