There are very cute parrots in New Zealand, and having evolved without any natural predators before people arrived, some of them are really tame and inquisitive.
One of the favourite stories I've heard was from some backpackers who were staying overnight in a mountain hut. They had a run in with some Kea's which are the world's only mountain parrot. They're very cute and intelligent although they can sometimes be annoying to people who try to share space with them.
The trampers were trying to get to sleep, but there was a continuous and regular thumping on the roof. Eventually after investigating, they figured out that there were some Kea's dropping stones on the roof trying to get some attention.
The people inside eventually picked up a broomstick and they thumped it on the roof a few times to drive the Kea's away. This quickly stopped the thumping on the roof.
Just as they were settling down again a few minutes later though, the thump.. Thump.. Thump.. started up in a regular pattern all over again. The trampers picked up the broomstick, and again banged it against the roof. Once again the noise stopped.
Several minutes after: thump.. Thump.. Thump..
They were at it again, and the trampers again followed it with a solid BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG from inside. The noise stopped, and they tried to go back again.
Shortly afterwards though, it started again: Thump. Thump. Thump.
In a last ditch effort and probably hoping they could drift off to sleep before it started again, one of them again picked up the broomstick.
He got a surprise when they glanced up towards the window, though. Staring inquisitively towards him was an upside down face, watching his every move. The Kea's had arranged it so that several of them would continue dropping stones on the roof. As they did this, another one would hang upside down from the guttering, peering into the window in an effort to find out what was causing all the banging from inside.
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