\ ˈkē-ə How to pronounce kea (audio) \

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

Examples of kea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Verheul family, from Dunedin in the southeast of the country, had just finished exploring part of the Kepler Track when a kea -- a native New Zealand species -- grabbed their GoPro and flew off over woodland. Sara Spary, CNN, 4 Feb. 2022 Local governments in New Zealand paid bounties for killing kea until the practice was ended in 1970, according to a news release from the aviary. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Apr. 2021 The researchers also showed the keas two jars that each contained an equal number of black and orange tokens. Virginia Morell, Science | AAAS, 3 Mar. 2020 Some other ways the zookeepers have been keeping the animals entertained include long walks for the llamas, spraying perfume to peak the interest of the lions and giving puzzle feeders to the keas (a bird species native to New Zealand). Georgia Slater,, 2 Apr. 2020 So do New Zealand parrots known as keas, scientists report today. Virginia Morell, Science | AAAS, 3 Mar. 2020 The kea and rockhopper teams have been taking their campaigns to the skies this week. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2019 Today, New Zealand’s kea parrots are known to attack sheep, digging through skin and muscle to reach the fat around the kidneys. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, 7 Aug. 2019 Sharp-beaked keas are strong enough to attack sheep and yank rubber parts off cars. Cara Giaimo, New York Times, 6 Aug. 2019 See More

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1862, in the meaning defined above

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Kea geographical name

\ ˈkā-ä How to pronounce Kea (audio) \
variants: or ancient Ceos \ ˈsē-​ˌäs How to pronounce Kea (audio) \

Definition of Kea

island of Greece in the northwestern Cyclades Islands island area 67 square miles (174 square kilometers)

Note: Kea's chief town is also named Kea.


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