Below are some of our research group’s relevant publications on the ecology, behaviour, and cognition of kea.

Bastos, A. P. M. & Taylor, A. H. (2020). Kea show three signatures of domain-general statistical inference. Nature Communications 11, 828. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-14695-1

Bastos, APM & Taylor, AH 2019. Kea (Nestor notabilis) represent object trajectory and identity. Scientific Reports 9, 19759. doi:10.1038/s41598-019-56380-4

Heaney, M, Bastos APM, Gray RD, Taylor AH 2019. Are kea prosocial? Ethology, doi:10.1111/eth.12944.

Schwing R, Nelson XJ, Wein A, Parsons S 2017. Positive emotional contagion in a New Zealand parrot. Current Biology 27, R213-R214. doi:org/10.1016/j.cub.2017.02.020.

Heaney M, Gray, RD, Taylor AH 2017. Kea show no evidence of inequity aversion. Royal Society Open Science, 4(3)10.1098/rsos.160461

Heaney M, Gray RD, Taylor AH 2017. Keas perform similarly to chimpanzees and elephants when solving collaborative tasks. PLOS ONE, 12(2)10.1371/journal.pone.0169799

Lambert ML, Schiestl M, Schwing R, Taylor AH, Gajdon GK, Slocombe KE, Seed AM 2017. Function and flexibility of object exploration in kea and New Caledonian crows. Royal Society Open Science, 4(9)10.1098/rsos.170652

Schwing R, Nelson XJ, Parsons S 2016. Audiogram of the kea parrot, Nestor notabilis. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 140, 3739-3744. doi:org/10.1121/1.4967757.

Greer AL, Horton TW, Nelson XJ 2015. Simple ways to calculate stable isotope discrimination factors and convert between tissue types. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 6, 1341–1348. doi:10.1111/2041-210X.12421.

Greer AL, Gajdon GY, Nelson XJ 2015. Intraspecific variation in the foraging ecology of kea, the world’s only mountain and rainforest-dwelling parrot. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 39, 254-261.

Nelson XJ, Fijn N 2013. The use of visual media as a tool for investigating animal behaviour. Animal Behaviour 85, 525-536. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2012.12.009.

Schwing R, Parsons S, Nelson XJ 2012. Vocal repertoire of the New Zealand kea parrot (Nestor notabilis). Current Zoology 58, 727-740.

Young LM, Kelly D, Nelson XJ 2012. Alpine flora may depend on declining frugivorous parrot for seed dispersal. Biological Conservation 147, 133-142. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2011.12.023.