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KEA: a New Zealand problem

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KEA: a New Zealand problem by George Reginald Marriner is a comprehensive exploration of the native New Zealand parrot, the kea, and the challenges it faces in the ever-changing environment of the country. Marriner delves into the history of the kea, discussing its behavior, intelligence, and adaptability.

The author also highlights the conservation efforts being made to protect the kea and its habitat, shedding light on the importance of preserving this unique species for future generations. Marriner's writing is engaging and informative, making this book a must-read for anyone interested in New Zealand's wildlife and conservation efforts.

Overall, KEA: a New Zealand problem is a well-researched and thought-provoking read that will leave readers with a greater appreciation for the kea and the efforts being made to ensure its survival.

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The kea 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 , 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.

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