This documentary tells the story of the inimitable kea. The 'Clown of the Alps' is heralded as the world’s smartest bird (its intelligence rivals a monkey’s). Kea are famous on South Island ski fields and tramping tracks for their insatiable (and deconstructive) inquisitiveness. Curiosity almost killed the kea when it was daubed a sheep killer, and tens of thousands were killed for a bounty. Here — clip four — extraordinary night footage reveals the 'avian wolf' in action. The award-winning film makes a compelling case for the charismatic kea as a national icon.
These are the mischievous monkeys in parrot's feathers - intoxicated with their own cleverness.– Narrator on kea hijinks in ski area carparks
The copyright for this title is held by Natural History New Zealand.
Made with funding from NZ On Air.
The DVD of Kea - Mountain Parrot can be purchased from TVNZ here.