I had asked these questions after reading about the Keas. As fate would
have it, the next day after my post, I got a postcard from a friend
travelling New Zealand. And what was on the front?? Why a Kea on a snow
bank. Yup, that is a parrot. Sure seemed funny to see a parrot on snow.
The beak is longer and more pointed, but the rest of the body shape is very
much like an Amazon -- only from your post, bigger.
I will keep my sheep safely inside my tank if I ever visit the South
=>PS...it was quite a few birds (10-20)
=>Courtesy of Microsoft Encarta:
=>Kea, large parrot that inhabits the mountainous sections of South Island, New
=>Zealand. The bird, named after the call that it delivers in flight, has a
=>hooked bill that crosses at the tip. The plumage is grayish-green, with bright
=>red on the underwings and rump. The body is up to 55 cm (22 in) long. The kea
=>eats insects, fruit, and seeds and, more recently, carrion. Thus, keas swarm
=>about sheep slaughterhouses, where they pick up refuse; occasionally they even
=>attack live sheep, burying their beaks in the back to get at the fat of the
=>kidneys. Because of their bad reputation, whatever their merits, the
=>been killed in great numbers by sheep ranchers for many years.
=>Scientific classification: The kea belongs to the family Psittacidae of the
=>order Psittaciformes. It is classified as Nestor notabilis.
=>"Kea," Microsoft(R) Encarta(R) 97 Encyclopedia. (c) 1993-1996 Microsoft
=>Corporation. All rights reserved.
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