‘He has adapted’: Bruce the disabled New Zealand parrot uses tools for preening

‘He has adapted’: Bruce the disabled New Zealand parrot uses tools for preening

Alpine Kea with damaged beak teaches himself to use pebbles for grooming, in a first under scientific observation

Bruce, a disabled alpine parrot from New Zealand, may just be one of the most unique birds in the world. He comes from good stock – the Kea, the only alpine parrot, is considered to be among the most intelligent birds. When they aren’t dismantling tourists’ cars, stealing passports or occasionally killing sheep, they are known to weigh up probabilities to help them make choices.

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