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Description - Kea, Bird of Paradox by Judy Diamond

The kea is a crow-sized parrot that lives in the New Zealand mountains, considered playful comic or vicious killer. This account looks at the kea's contradictory nature, the behavioural flexibility and the problem of species survival in human environments everywhere. Keas live only in the Southern Alps, they are bold, curious and ingeniously destructive. They have a complex social system that includes extensive play behaviour, and have the unusual ability to learn and create new solutions to problems they encounter. The work compares the kea's behaviour and ecology with that of its closest relative, the kaka of New Zealand lowland rainforests, giving an insight to the origins of the kea's unusual adaptability. It concludes that the kea's high level of sociality is a key factor in the flexibile lifestyle, and that the bird has survived.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520213395
ISBN-10: 0520213394
Format: Hardback
(210mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 244
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 7-Jan-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Judy Diamond

Judy Diamond is Associate Professor and Assistant Director for Public Programs at the University of Nebraska State Museum. Alan B. Bond is Research Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska.

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