The kea, the world’s only alpine parrot, took out the title ahead of the native wood pigeon, the kereru.
More than 50,000 people voted in New Zealand’s annual bird of the year competition, with the kea receiving 7,311 votes.
The kea is a species of parrot found in the Southern Alps of New Zealand.
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A similar hunt is underway in Australia with the Aussie Backyard Bird Count. From October 23-29, BirdLife Australia is taking votes on your favourite bird. Not only is it a bit of fun to find out which bird reigns supreme, the results will also assist the organisation in understanding more about the birds living close to people.