The kea is a highly intelligent species of parrot endemic to the South Island of New Zealand.


Kea (Nestor notabilis), Budapest Zoo.

Keas are in fact reported to be so smart that some people consider them equal to the African grey parrots, if not smarter.

The kea is also a naturally curious bird whcih made it really hard to take a picture of a caged specimen because the birds kept coming close to to check out what I was doing where I could not get a clear line of sight.

It is also good to keep some distance from a kea — and not reach in through the bars to the cage — just in case.
In the wild the kea is a predator that attacks much larger animals than itself. Keas have been reported to dine on the flesh and fat of sheep that were still alive.

Smart does not mean compassionate.

Further Readings:

Kea on Wikipedia.
Kea: New Zealand native land birds.
Kea Parrot Intelligence Shocks Researchers.
Last updated: November 4, 2015

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