Flash Post 245!
Button, any guesses what these birds could be?
None, whatsoever. But my guess would be they are some species of parrot.
You’re absolutely right. These parrots living in mountainous areas of New Zealand are known as kea parrots and are renowned for their intelligence and mischievousness. They are nicknamed “Clowns of the mountains” because of their disarming ability to make others of their ilk drop whatever they are doing and start laughing, a trait that is a very human-like. This laughter of the keas are almost infectious.
Like the kookaburras?
Forget the laughing kookaburra– kea are the birds that really tickle each other’s funny bones. This makes it the first known non-mammal to show contagious emotion, joining the ranks of humans, rats and chimpanzees.