New Zealand’s alpine parrot the kea

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New Zealand's alpine parrot the kea

New Zealand’s kea (alpine parrot) has had a troubled relationship with humans because it is believed that they escaped to the mountains to avoid being shot at by farmers who had the right, until 1970, to shoot them dead because they attacked their sheep. This dramatically reduced their population size to the point where there is now a conservation problem. They found peace and quiet in the mountains but it is believed that they are generalists in terms of where they can live and they may return sea level because global warming might make mountain dwelling too difficult for them. They will use their intelligence to adapt.