This is no laughing matter! Kea - Queenstown - New Zealand

AndreaEL

Gore, New Zealand

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Location Taken: Queenstown – Remarkables, New Zealand.
Panasonic Lumix Camera Model DMC-FZ35
This Kea was not impressed by my presence, he was keen to continue his daily rituals, his face said it all, and he was not laughing. Information below found on the internet.
For those living on New Zealand’s South Island, the Kea (Nestor notabilis) is largely considered to be a rather pesky protected bird. The bird has a well-earned reputation for incurable curiosity and brilliant intelligence. While both of these traits are vital to their survival in their oftentimes harsh mountain home, they prove to be perplexing for the many humans that have settled nearby. The birds often frequent skiing areas, attracted by the prospect of feeding off the food scraps left behind by humans. Unfortunately for the humans, the Kea’s immense curiosity often leads them to become ‘pests’, as they pry apart certain rubberized car parts or steal or peck unguarded clothes. They also tend to be quite determined to investigate their new found objects fully and so often seem to be cheeky and hard to get rid of. However when you overcome the annoyance of having your favorite possessions picked apart by this pesky critter, you discover a bird that is very intelligent. The Kea has been able to solve several logical puzzles during certain research studies that have been conducted in the past. Some of these saw the bird pushing or pulling objects in a certain order so as to get to some food. Other tests saw a number of birds working as a team in order to accomplish a specific task. No wonder visitors and locals find these birds a force to be reckoned with!
Location Taken: Queenstown – Southland, New Zealand. Panasonic Lumix Camera Model DMC-FZ35
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