It's just idle curiosity at the moment but I've been reading quite a bit about keas online recently and I was wondering as to the availability of captive-bred birds in the UK. Anyone know if you can legally buy/own them over here?
(for anyone who doesn't know)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kea
The idea of owning a semi-carnivorous parrot intrigues me and they seem to be the sort of bird that would provide me with a real challenge.
If there are any kea owners out there, I'd be interested in hearing from you.
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The idea of owning a semi-carnivorous parrot intrigues me and they seem to be the sort of bird that would provide me with a real challenge.

I don't know about owning a Kea, but all of my parrots are semi-carnivorous. Macaws, CAGs, amazons, and conures eat just about any kind of meat that's offered them. That includes beef, ham, chicken, and fish. Tuna is a particular favorite. The conure even has a taste for human blood.
The idea of owning a semi-carnivorous parrot intrigues me and ... of bird that would provide me with a real challenge.

I don't know about owning a Kea, but all of my parrots are semi-carnivorous. Macaws, CAGs, amazons, and conures eat ... includes beef, ham, chicken, and fish. Tuna is a particular favorite. The conure even has a taste for human blood.

Same with my budgies. They love chicken, ham, turkey, meatballs. Emotion: wink Haven't tried fish with them, but no doubt if I eat it, they will.
The idea of owning a semi-carnivorous parrot intrigues me and they seem to be the sort of bird that would provide me with a real challenge.

My Goffin loves "dirty rice" from Popeye's, and eats the meat out of it.

I had a Cockatiel that loved BBQ pork.
The idea of owning a semi-carnivorous parrot intrigues me and ... of bird that would provide me with a real challenge.

I don't know about owning a Kea, but all of my parrots are semi-carnivorous. Macaws, CAGs, amazons, and conures eat ... includes beef, ham, chicken, and fish. Tuna is a particular favorite. The conure even has a taste for human blood.

Some of my birds will eat a little meat if offered - but by 'semi-carnivorous', I was referring to the fact that meat makes up a very large proportion of the kea's diet in comparison to other psittacines.
The rest, I'd say were 'herbivore-curious'... Emotion: smile
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It's just idle curiosity at the moment but I've been reading quite a bit about keas online recently and I ... birds in the UK. Anyone know if you can legally buy/own them over here? (for anyone who doesn't know)


My other dream bird after a galah.
It's just idle curiosity at the moment but I've been ... buy/own them over here? (for anyone who doesn't know)

My other dream bird after a galah.

I can't think that'd be a good idea.
They are, after all, alpine birds. They are also strongly pair-bonded; this makes me wonder if a single bird would do well (cue "pining for the fjords" jokes right, okay, enough.).
Our local zoo had a pair (they now have three pairs, apparently), and when one was sick and under vet care, the other hung about in his habitat making the most piteous "whiinng" noises. It was very sad. I think a single bird would not last long.
(That said, they're lovely birds.)
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My other dream bird after a galah.

I can't think that'd be a good idea. They are, after all, alpine birds.

They'd probably love the English weather... Emotion: smile
They are also strongly pair-bonded; this makes me wonder if a single bird would do well (cue "pining for the ... "whiinng" noises. It was very sad. I think a single bird would not last long. (That said, they're lovely birds.)

I'd imagine that if you got one as a baby or a tame adult, it'd just bond with its owner like any other parrot. I did once read an article on the web (no idea where it was now) saying that they make amazing pets for people willing to put in plenty of time and effort as they tend to be very 'clingy'.
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