Cincinnati ZOO received a Plume Award for successful breeding of the Kea Parrot

April 20th, 2015 | by LubosTomiska
Cincinnati ZOO received a Plume Award for successful breeding of the Kea Parrot
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VIDEO IN – American Cincinnati ZOO received the Plum Award for Noteworthy Achievement in Avian Husbandry, specifically for extraordinary results in breeding of Kea Parrots (Nestor notabilis) within the conservation project. This appreciation is given every year by the Avian Scientific Advisory Group (ASAG). ZOO Cincinnati has been breeding with Keas for a long time and has a group of 15 individuals. Zoologists from this ZOO cooperate with Kea Conservation Trust from New Zealand which works with this species in the wild.

Within the last three years, 13 young Keas have hatched in ZOO Cincinnati. That’s the highest number for all US ZOOs. The last year was the most successful as six chicks had been reared (check the video).



“I couldn’t be more excited about Cincinnati Zoo’s success with breeding kea this year! This flock includes a number of genetically important birds and the population has been struggling with breeding in recent years, so these chicks represent a great move in the right direction. Cincinnati’s unique way of housing and managing kea in a large flock has proven to be a great combination of guest experience and breeding opportunity for this species,” says Jessica Meehan, AZA Kea Red Program Leader Population Manager on the official ZOO website.

This parrot species is also bred and kept by private breeders. One Czech breeder Lubomir Palkovic has reared 5 chicks artificially in this year. Also one czech ZOO Liberec announced successful breeding of this parrot in the last year. Keas are becomming very popular among breeders.


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