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 DVD of Kea - Mountain Parrot can be purchased from TVNZ here.
The copyright for this title is held by Natural History New Zealand.
Made with funding from NZ On Air.