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  1. Part one of four from this full length documentary.

  2. Part two of four from this full length documentary.

  3. Part three of four from this full length documentary.

  4. Part four of four from this full length documentary.

  5. The credits from this documentary.


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.

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 Rod Morris
 Michael Stedman
 Glenda Norris

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Comments (8)



OMG, I love those birds!!! Thank you for this documentary, great insights. Thought, they would have only one egg a time!



Excellent resource to use with my class, we learned a lot.



Excellent video.

 Zofia Prele

Zofia Prele

I'm in love with kea parrots. I liked this video very much - you can't see much of keas here in Poland but Zoo. I especially liked the family life insight. A nice piece of work both of keas and the cameramen. It's a pity that , again, humans are trouble for these birds. Fantastically smart creatures, inventive, playful. How sad that people are so greedy and smuggle them overseas. I was shocked with this scene in the film - dead keas, sedated keas...
Inform me about new films on keas. I am mad about parrots.
Thank you



great vid

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These are the mischievous monkeys in parrot's feathers - intoxicated with their own cleverness. 
Its brain and its beak are a kea's tools for survival, a combination that gets it a living but has also earned it a doubtful reputation in places … 


1994 Festival International du Film Ornitholgique
Le prix de la Proetection de la Nature
Le Prix du Public

1994 IWFF International Wildlife Film Festival at Missoula
Merit Award for Depicting the Effect of Culture on Wildlife
Merit Award for Presentation of Biological Information

1996 FIFALE Festival International du Film Animalier et de l'Environment
Cigogne de Bronze