Kea remain alert for air attacks when foraging and band together to chase falcons that threaten their group.
New Zealand falcons (Falco novaeseelandiae) have been observed attacking kea, but no one has reported an incident of successful predation. Kea remain alert for air attacks when foraging and they band together to chase falcons that threaten a member of their group.
Birds are also sometimes killed through accidents with human objects, such as motor vehicles, snow groomers, rubbish bins, and electricity sub-stations.
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• Sources | (Diamond & Bond, 1999; Orr-Walker, Kemp, Adams, & Roberts, 2015; Williams, 2001)