Kea Parrot Searches for Food on Snowy Day at Denver Zoo

Keas are the world’s only alpine parrot, surviving harsh winters in the mountains of their native New Zealand. So, they’ll be feeling right at home at the moment in Denver Zoo, where video from December 1 showed a snowy scene.

The zoo said they hid pine nuts and mealworms in wood shavings as a form of enrichment that encourages the kea to dig for food as they would in the wild.

“You might not think of parrots as snow-dwellers, but keas do regularly weather the storm in their high-altitude native New Zealand,” staff wrote on Facebook.

Denver Zoo celebrated its first-ever successful hatching of a kea in February 2017. Credit: Denver Zoo via Storyful