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Kea at risk from lead poisoning

John Kerr posted in on April 4th, 2012.

The kea’s habit of pecking and pulling at curious materials may be exposing the native bird to dangerous amounts of lead from building materials, reports new research. New research in the New Zealand Journal of Ecology surveyed kea from seven areas in South Island New Zealand and found that, of the 88 birds sampled, all […]

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NZ pigeons count in international media

Kent posted in on December 23rd, 2011.

A New Zealand researcher who showed pigeons can be as good as rhesus monkeys at sorting images of shapes into numerical order has made news around the world, with reports of of the former racing pigeons in Dunedin popping up in the New York Times,  Scientific American and a swathe of TV channels. Though the […]

3 News/NZPA: Kea even more cunning if they get a preview – study

Peter Griffin posted in on August 16th, 2010.

A Japanese university professor has discovered that kea – New Zealand alpine parrots – are even smarter than previously thought. The birds were able to solve complex problems, particularly if given time to ‘study’ the problems before solving them – until now, it was thought that their problem-solving methods were more haphazard. An excerpt: (read […]

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