KINGSTON, Jamaica – The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is warning people who may be seeking to purchase pets as gifts for the Christmas season to be careful not to buy protected species.
The native parrots' intelligence is being put to the test by Victoria University PhD student Julia Loepelt.
Since January, the 28-year-old biologist from Germany has been giving the kaka a series of tasks to challenge them, with a tasty reward at the end.
"The tasks differ in what sort of cognitive abilities are needed to solve it, whether they have to memorise something or have to solve a novel problem," she said.
"You look at whether they are able to solve it, or how fast they solve it, or if they get faster."
Tackling the ever growing monkey menace in Adilabad, the district to which Forest and Environment Minister Jogu Ramanna belongs, has strangely turned calamitous for birds which essentially depend upon food crops for survival. Stranger still is the fact that neither the Forest nor the Panchayat Raj department have woken up to this issue which can eventually spell disaster for the avian world.