Vocal communication requires the sender to produce a sound, which transmits through the environment and is perceived by the receiver. Perception is dependent on the quality of the received signal and the receiver's frequency and amplitude sensitivity; hearing sensitivity of animals can be tested using behavioural detection tasks, showing the physical limitations of sound perception. Kea parrots (Nestor notabilis) were tested for their ability to hear sounds that varied in terms of both frequency and amplitude by means of a simple auditory detection task. Audiograms for three kea were similar, with the region of highest sensitivity (1-5 kHz) corresponding to the frequency of the highest amplitude in kea calls. Compared with other parrots and other bird taxa, the overall shape of the kea audiogram follows a similar pattern. However, two potentially interesting differences to the audiograms of other birds were found: an increase in sensitivity at approximately 12 kHz and a decreased sensitivity to frequencies below 1 kHz.