Saturday, August 05, 2006

Kea!

An extensive search of our holiday snaps has uncovered this, the world's only alpine parrot, the cheeky Kea from New Zealand's south island.

Snapped in January 2004 in the mountains near Homer Tunnel, this fellow came to us fresh from picking rubber off some poor sod's roof rack. After charming Hazel and I for a while, he hopped away to fang an apple core somebody had thrown on the side of the road.

Possibly the world's most intelligent parrot, the Kea is still pretty loopy by primate standards.

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