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butterflyreflections
1035649.  Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:33 pm Reply with quote

Just for anyone interested... http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11157277

 
ongexi
1036766.  Thu Nov 21, 2013 5:40 am Reply with quote

This documentary gives a good idea of the Kea's intelligence and personality:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAhzmULgoqI

 
Sasha Munchy
1070959.  Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:03 pm Reply with quote

They are one of the only birds that work together to solve problems

 
Jenny
1071074.  Sat Apr 26, 2014 11:30 am Reply with quote

Ooh - interesting! What's your source for that assertion?

 
CB27
1071557.  Mon Apr 28, 2014 2:53 pm Reply with quote

He left a sudoku page from a newspaper at the bottom of their cage, and they worked together to solve it?

 
Peeeeeteeeee
1100252.  Sun Nov 02, 2014 10:31 pm Reply with quote

Good, I'm not alone in my thoughts about that comment.

I think it was a panelist who stated that they thought Kea's were stupid.

There are a lot of studies and youtube clips that show just how smart they are.

Living in New Zealand, I have had the chance to see and interact with them. They are amazing birds. I believe they are the only alpine parrot in the world. If it was legal to have one as a pet, the Kea would be my first choice.

 
CB27
1100386.  Mon Nov 03, 2014 6:45 pm Reply with quote

To be fair to Stephen, he got to see up close how dumb these birds an be:

http://youtu.be/9T1vfsHYiKY

:)

 
Peeeeeteeeee
1100522.  Tue Nov 04, 2014 8:59 pm Reply with quote

Interesting link from CB27, but its not a Kea. Here are a few clips on the Kea which show how smart they are (in both senses of the word).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpF1HKsrA28

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxoCuRuHlt8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKzu4A1RA7w

 
CharliesDragon
1100526.  Tue Nov 04, 2014 9:46 pm Reply with quote

The link to the kakapo CB27 provided did give me an excuse to watch Last Chance To See, though, so I don't mind.

The clips of actual keas were at least as entertaining, although I generally don't like the American-ism of the first clip. Just that way of making animal, or any documentary/list program seems like it's marketed at either young children or very stupid adults. I still like the information it gave, just not the way it was delivered. (Yes, I know I am hard to please.)

 
CB27
1100618.  Wed Nov 05, 2014 1:50 pm Reply with quote

Damn, this is not the first time I mixed up the two birds, and I don't know why.

 
CharliesDragon
1100619.  Wed Nov 05, 2014 1:53 pm Reply with quote

A bird is a bird is a bird is a reptile. :P

 
Peeeeeteeeee
1100655.  Wed Nov 05, 2014 4:23 pm Reply with quote

That alright CB27. Is it weird that when I read your post I heard bells and sirens in my head?

Slightly off topic - If anyone is interested in birds and wants to find out about another amazing (but now extinct) bird from New Zealand, search Haast's Eagle. In a way, you have to ask yourself, how did this bird die out and the Kakapo and Kiwi survive.

 
Zebra57
1100954.  Fri Nov 07, 2014 8:23 pm Reply with quote

Peeeeeteeeee wrote:
That alright CB27. Is it weird that when I read your post I heard bells and sirens in my head?

Slightly off topic - If anyone is interested in birds and wants to find out about another amazing (but now extinct) bird from New Zealand, search Haast's Eagle. In a way, you have to ask yourself, how did this bird die out and the Kakapo and Kiwi survive.


Its main prey was the Giant Moa which were slaughtered in their thousands by the Maori. Giant Moa extinct = Haast's Eagle extinct.

 
Peeeeeteeeee
1101113.  Sun Nov 09, 2014 4:12 pm Reply with quote

Thats right Zebra57. You get a few points for that!

There has also been some evidence found, that they had killed humans. Not for food, probably in defense of a nest or hunting area.

There are also a few Maori legends that are most likely to be based on these eagles.

 
Peeeeeteeeee
1124373.  Wed Mar 18, 2015 4:29 pm Reply with quote

An interesting little story for you about a local Kea:

There is a sort of famous Kea at the Hamilton Zoo (New Zealand) named Charlie. Was hand raised in Wellington, has an amazing personality and even has a book written about him. Cheeky Charlie.

At the end of 2014 (from memory) he got an infection in his eye. This was dealt with well by his keeper (and friend) and with regular medical attention which I believe involved antibiotic injections it has cleared up well. During this time he got a lot of extra attention (even though he did not particularly like injections).

Since this he has regularly been pretending to have an eye infection by partly closing, what was the infected eye, and looking sick to people watching him, hoping this will get him more personal attention from his keepers (and friends). He also plays sick by lying down and sort of acting like he is dying. He has made worried zoo visitors get the attention of zoo workers. If you look closely you can see one eye slightly open. There is now a notice for zoo workers with this information so they all know what he is up to.

 

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