For something very different this week, and having not had the opportunity to go birding, I am posting two photos my stepson-in-law, Rob, took with his phone after climbing a mountain in the South Island of New Zealand during the Christmas week. This magnificent bird is the very unique Kea, the world’s only true alpine parrot, which inhabits the mountainous regions and snowfields of New Zealand’s south island. It is an extremely curious bird to humans and has a reputation for destroying and removing personal property. The most notorious and amazing mischief it is known for is removing the rubber seal around the front windsreen of cars with its powerful beak. This YouTube link shows Keas disassembling a police car.
This bird is not afraid of humans but is attracted to their company, always looking for some mischief to perform. This may be because this bird is known to many to be the world’s most intelligent bird, such wisdom needed to survive the harsh alpine environment. As an alpine parrot it dwells in alpine forests and mountain regions and enjoys an omnivorous diet of dead animals, insects, berries, roots and whatever it finds palatable. Here are some photos I took at night, while in New Zealand’s south island some years ago. In the bright light you can enjoy the beautiful green hues of its plumage.
Looking at the bird from both sides, you can see it is a large olive green bird of about 48cm long. It apparently has bright orange colouring under its wings. The Kea had a bounty on its head years ago when sheep farmers believed it attacked their animals, thankfully it is now protected by their Wildlife Act. A similar plight to that of our Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle.
Finally, a photo of what appears to be a pair of Kea lovebirds.
Thanks to Rob and Maddy for sharing there photos of this most intriguing bird, which you will find more video clips of its curious and mischievous behaviour on YouTube. Such an intelligent bird does well in such a harsh environment because it is wise.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because they have rejected knowledge” – Hosea 4:6
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” – Proverbs 1:7
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” – James 1:5
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