Rohi the Kea

Room 11 have had a special visitor in class for nearly two weeks.  Rohi the Kea came all the way from Auckland and is now moving on to Raumati Beach.  You can read about her and her further adventures at this shared blog – Rohi’s Travels.

By Room 11

Keas

Kea

Kea

Keas are the heaviest parrot in the world.

Keas are green and have orange underneath their wings.

Keas live in the mountains and mostly live in the South Island.

Keas eat dead meat and food scraps and plastic lids.

Keas scratch their head feathers with their feet.

Illustrated and written by HarAnn

Kea

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Kea

The Kea is a mountain parrot. It’s a New Zealand native bird. Sometimes it’s called a clown bird. The Kea is related to the forest kaka.

The Kea’s back and wings are green, its nostrils are grey and its beak is black. Their green feathers are edged with black. Under its wings it’s orange. Kea grow up to 50cm long.

Between 1,000 and 5,000 kea live in the wild. They live in the mountains, on the western side of the Southern Alps, Kaikoura ranges and Tararua ranges of the North Island. It might also be seen on river flats.

Kea eat food scraps, dead meat, snow berries, leaves, buds, fruits, seeds and grubs. Kea build their nests under logs. In July to January they lay two to four white eggs. Kea fly high when traveling far.

Kea are one of the most intelligent birds in the world: it is our funny, naughty native parrot.

Illustrated and written by KauRam

Kea

A Kea

A Kea

Keas are the heaviest parrot in the world.

Keas are green and have orange underneath their wings.

Keas live in the mountains and mostly live in the South Island.

Keas hunt for animals.

Keas scratch their head feathers.

Illustrated and written by GorCar

Kea

Kea

Kea

The kea is a native bird a bird of prey. Kea are related to kakapo and kaka.

It is a dark green colour. Under its wings it has orange so when it is flying you can see the orange.  The size of a kea is 460 mm long.

Kea can be found in the mountains and kea can also be found in the forest.  They are also at Hamilton Zoo.

Keas eat berries, seeds, tender roots, insects and worms.  It swoops down and grabs its prey.  They also like rubber. When people go to snow keas take the rubber from people’s cars. Keas don’t breed until they are three years old. They lay 2 to 4 eggs . Breeding time is in January to July.

There was a baby kea at Hamilton Zoo but sadly the kea died.

Illustrated and written by PeeDay

Kea

 

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A Kea

by HunAme

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A Kea

by GorCar