Another familiar sight on the Kepler Track is New Zealand's mountain parrot, the Kea. Under their dull green coat they sport a beautiful array of rainbow colored feathers. They are notoriously curious for anything that has to do with humans. And it's a destructive curiousity: they'll tear anything apart they can get their claws on. Don't leave your shoes outside the hut... As soon as they (there were 2) spotted us high on the ridge they came sailing up from the rainforest far below.