Definition of kea
: a large mostly dull green New Zealand parrot (Nestor notabilis) that is normally insectivorous but sometimes destroys sheep by slashing the back to feed on the kidney fat
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The baby lemur is the newest addition to the zoo, which also has celebrated the recent high-profile births of Umi the tapir, Dobby the giraffe, Miso-Chi the fishing cat and Scarlet the fluffy gray kea chick.
The zoo announced its first successful hatching of a kea, a vulnerable New Zealand parrot, on Wednesday.
The team then observed how the wild kea reacted to each sound.
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Origin and Etymology of kea
First Known Use: 1862See Words from the same year
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