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The smart New Zealand Kea

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The world’s only alpine parrot is an omnivorous, whipsmart bird from New Zealand: The Kea. In this NatGeo Wild video, a research team introduces the bird to a plexiglass box that’s set up with a series of tests. Watch as the kea puts its problem-solving skills to work in four different ways to get the nut in the middle of the box.


Then check out this BBC Earth clip, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, as a few keas figure out how to dismantle another test to get to some butter, a favorite treat.

Listen to the song of the kea, a Guardian Australia recording:


Next: Evidence Birds Can Count: Where’d that other mealworm go? Plus: A wild crow solves a puzzle in 8 parts, Goffin’s cockatoos try to create tools to reach a treat, and Chaser, the Border Collie that can understand 1022 words (or more).

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