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Kea named New Zealand bird of the year

October 26, 2017

The kea has been named New Zealand’s Bird of the Year.

Dubbed ‘the clown of the mountains’, the green mountain parrot took the title for the first time in a poll run by the country’s Forest and Bird organisation, which attracted 50,000 votes.

“We literally went out to every single person we knew and asked them to vote kea. We lobbied hard to get votes up on the first day, which I think made a big difference, ” Team Kea organiser Laura Young said.

The vote was intended to raise awareness of the country’s endangered wildlife, and organisers Forest and Bird say that there are as few as 3,000-7,000 kea left in the wild. Their inquisitive nature means that they are sometimes struck by cars, get stuck in human-made objects, or become ill from human food fed to them out of misplaced kindness.

Voting numbers were up by 150% over 2016. It also resulted in NZ$10,000 in donations to Forest and Bird.

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1

Yay Go, Kea, even though I am kiwi Congrats to the keas

2

Goooooooo KEA!!!πŸ˜„πŸ˜˜πŸ˜€πŸ‘

3

YEE HAA!!! GO KEA!

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great news i voted for this bird

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go kea

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I πŸ’• πŸ’• πŸ’• KEAS πŸ˜‰πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜πŸ˜„

7

cool kea your my fav bird

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cool im maori and thats my fav bird

9

I prefer the Kiwi

10

that is amazing to help keas get voted bird of the year i just love keas. i am a kiwi to i just love them and they are very cheeky

11

im in kakpo house in my school i wish kakpo was new zealand bird of the year but sadly it isnt

12

I thought it was the Kokako πŸ€”

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SuperπŸ˜±πŸ˜±πŸ˜±πŸ˜±πŸ˜±πŸ‘ΆπŸΌπŸ‘¦πŸΌ

14

the kea is not cool the kiwi is boss

15

the kiwi is boss
not the kea

17

this is great news

18

this is cool "the clown of the mountains"

19

i've seen one

20

no this is sad.
it should be KIWI!

21

aw,dat adorable

23

that is so good that the kea is name the bird of the year

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school and maths person

I love Keas so I am the happiest person in the universe

26

I'm glad the Kea won Bird Of The Year

27

YAY KEA <3 <3 <3

28

Cool

29

that is so good

30

Go, Kea, even though I am not a kea I still feel happy for them keas