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 tracks and ski fields for their insatiable (and destructive) inquisitiveness. Curiosity almost killed the kea when it was labelled a sheep killer, and tens of thousands were killed for a bounty. After shots of baby kea being fed, there is extraordinary night footage in clip four of 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 Barry Paine on kea hijinks in ski area carparks
Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR)
The DVD of Kea - Mountain Parrot can be purchased from TVNZ here
Made with funding from NZ On Air