Kea are reknowned for their intelligence, curiousity and antics. As a result they have been extensively studied, both in the wild and in captivity by researchers here and overseas. Vienna University in collaboration with the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, have set up their Kea Lab research facility with 20 resident kea which is dedicated to finding out more about kea intelligence. A list of their publications can be found on our Resources – Bibliography page or direct from the Vienna University website.
But how intelligent are kea?