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

The Sparrow

Today I was visiting my Nan’s house in Hamilton. My cousin came over to see my Nan with her two children Azra and Brayden and a little girl called Natalia. They were very funny.

Emma decided it was time for her to go as the children were starting to get tired. When Emma backed the car out of Nan’s drive-way I noticed something on the drive-way where the car had been.  It was still moving.  I wondered what it could be.  When I went up to it I discovered it was a sparrow. I was amazed it was still alive!

I ran into my nana’s house and said, “Hey there’s a sparrow on the drive-way and it’s still alive”.  Mum and Dad came running out to see.  The poor thing was shivering because it was so terrified.

My Mum said, “Quick go and find a warm cloth to wrap it in”.  My mum picked up the trembling sparrow and put the bird under her jacket to keep it warm.  My nan and I found an old warm cloth and mum and I wrapped the sparrow in it.  The sparrow as still trembling as we got in the car to come home.  Mum and dad let me hold on to the bird in the cloth as we where driving home.  All the way home I was talking to the little bird.  The sparrow kept opening and closing its beak as we were driving along.

When we got home we quickly ran to find a shoe box and an old towel and we put the sparrow in it.  The poor little thing was still terrified.  We put the box in the laundry where it was nice and dark.  Every ten minutes we kept checking on the bird.  Slowly it started to stop trembling.  About two hours later we opened the laundry door.  The sparrow had started to move.  I thought the sparrow was starting to get better.  The sparrow had started to sit up.  We went out of the laundry for about ten minutes.

When we came back the sparrow was sitting on the edge of the box.  When dad and I went back into the laundry the sparrow flew into the air. Dad got a big fright. I WAS HAPPY.  The sparrow was close to the window now, wanting to get out.  My dad was trying to open the window and the bird was in the way and it pecked him. Dad said, “OUCH!  That bird just pecked my finger and it hurt”.  Mum and I laughed. Dad finally got the window open and the sparrow sat on the window handle for a few seconds and then flew out the open window.

When I went outside I saw the bird flying to freedom.  My mum said, “That is as close to nature as you will ever get”.

By JesLue (via email)

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

Kingfisher is a diving bird.

A Kingfisher has blue feathers and a black beak and a white body.

Some kingfishers live in New Zealand.

The Kingfisher dives in the water to get a fish. They lay eggs and the kingfisher babies grow big. Then they fly away.

I like them because of their colourful wings.

Illustrated by LatJos and PedMax.  Written by LatJos

Kākāpō

kakapo

close up with a kākāpō

The kākāpō is the heaviest parrot in the world it can weigh up to 3 kg. Kakapo means parrot of the night

Kākāpō has yellow and green feathers with a hooked beak and orange feet with green wings

Kākāpō live in the South Island of New Zealand

Kākāpō make nests on the ground and are good at climbing trees. Their hooked beak helps them eat berries.

Kākāpō are related to owls and are the most endangered bird. There are between 90 and 80 left.

Illustrated and written by WilGor

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

Morepork – Ruru

Morepork or Ruru

Morepork or Ruru

Morepork are a bird of prey and a big owl.  Morepork are native to New Zealand.

A Morepork looks like a big brown owl with big wings and a hooked beak.  It has big eyes to see in the dark.

Morepork live in the New Zealand forests.  They perch on big branches with lots of leaves.

Morepork make a sound that goes “more pork, more pork”.  They eat bugs like worms and insects that fly.  Morepork lay 2 or 3 white eggs.  They hatch after 20 to 30 days.  Only the female seems to incubate the eggs and she is fed by the male on the nest.  The chicks fledge after about 34 days.  Morepork like to seek food at night.

Illustrated and written by TayCen

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

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

A kingfisher is bird from New Zealand and it’s maori name is kotare.

The kingfisher is blue, black, green, brown, yellow and their beak is black.

It dives down into the water to catch fish to eat. And it eats lizards and even mice.

They can go under the water to get food.

Illustrated and written by BarHam

Tui

A Tui (Parson Bird)

A Tui (Parson Bird)

The Tui has beautiful colours. Its Maori name is Tui. The Tui’s cousin is the Bellbird.

 

The tui’s colours are ,blue, green, black ,white and brown. The male is 32cms the female is 29cms. The female’s colours are brown and white. The Tui’s length is 30 cm. Tui are also called parson birds because of the two curled tufts of white feathers on their throats.

The Tui is found in the New Zealand forest and bush patches throughout the North Island. There are a few in the beech forests of the South Island.

The Tui lays two to four eggs sometimes twice a year. They eat berries from the forest trees, shrubs and some insects. Tui nest in September to January. Females build the bulky nests of twigs and dried grasses lined with feathers and soft material in tree forks. The Tui chicks are then fed by both parents on nectar, berries and insects. Being honeyeaters, they search for nectar from the forest trees, flowers and shrubs, extracting it with long brush-tipped tongues. Tui can be seen in summer taking nectar from pohutukawa and flax flowers along the coast and hanging upside down to sip from kowhai flowers.

Its call is so high-pitched that a human ear cannot hear it.

Illustrated and written by ArtSha

Cockatoo

Cockatoo

Cockatoo

A Cockatoo has white and yellow feathers and are 29cm long. A Cockatoo has a sharp beak, sharp claws, white and yellow feathers which help it hide. Its wing span is about 30cm, it has a little yellow tuft of feathers at the back of its head.

Cockatoos live in the middle of the forest near Hamilton and near the middle of the forest in Australia. In summer they live near rivers where fish live.

They use their feet to grab fish out of the water and catch any other little animals. A Cockatoo likes to eat berries off trees and hunts for fish in the rivers. They like to see other cockatoos around the forest. They go crazy when they see one another.

A Cockatoo has a bite that hurts so much that it will make you cry because their beaks are used to fight other birds. They only bite when they’re mad at someone.

Illustrated and written by CarMik

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

Tui

Tui

Tui

The Tui is a New Zealand native bird.

Under its neck it has little white fluffy feathers. On the wings blue and green shines. It has sharp claws and a beak and a short tail. The male Tui size is 30 cm and female size is 29 cm.

It can be found in your kowhai tree, pohutukawa tree and also your garden. If you’re lucky you might see them perching or singing.

Tui suck on nectar out of kowhai tree flowers and they eat fruit and insects. Sometimes they catch moths on their wings to eat.

Tui have three to four eggs and the colour of the eggs are plain pink with reddish brown specks.

Illustrated and written by TarRub

Kākāpō

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Kākāpō

Kākāpō means parrot of the night.

Kākāpō are the heaviest parrot in the world. They weigh 3kg. Kākāpō have a short beak, two little eyes and nice brown and gold feathers. Its feet are sharp. Its head is round with green and brown feathers on top.

Kākāpō live in many different places in the forests of the North Island and South Island.

They are really good at climbing trees. Kākāpō breed every three to four years.

There are only 91 Kākāpō left in the whole world because they are endangered.

Illustrated and written by MatKea

Piwakawaka

Fantail

Fantail

Fantail [Piwakawaka] are native New Zealand birds. They are perching birds.

They have wings and claws. They have good eyesight. Their tail has ten feathers. They have a small beak. They are 16cm long.

They are from Australia, North Island and South Island of New Zealand. They live in forest trees.

They eat insects from the ground and from the air. They catch insects in their beak.

In August-January, they lay three to four grey and brown eggs.

 

Illustrated and written by PraDar