These unusual parrots are from New Zealand.
They are famous for being curious and intelligent, and came third in the BBC’s ‘Britain’s Cleverest Animal’ programme with filming taking place here at Paradise Park.
Keas are naturally playful in the wild, probably because they had so few ‘enemies’ in New Zealand, so didn’t need fear to survive. The species was only protected from shooting by farmers in 1970, and still has a decreasing population. It is suspected that some birds are poisoned by toxins like lead due to scavenging from rubbish dumps.
Read more about the Kea Parrot on the World Parrot Trust website HERE.