Thought to be the most intelligent bird on Earth, the kea is only found in Alpine areas of the South Island. Scientists believe they possess around the same intelligence as a seven-year-old human, and they have been found to work well in teams. They’re not quite able to complete a Rubix cube, but they are able to solve simple tasks that involve cooperation which is quite incredible! They are abundant in Fiordland and the famous tramps along the Milford, Routeburn and Kepler Track are common places to spot their bright green, yellow and red plumage.

Read more on the kea here.

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