Definition of "kea" []

  • A brownish-green mountain-dwelling New Zealand parrot (Nestor notabilis) that usually eats insects but sometimes feeds on carrion and rubbish. (noun)
  • A large New Zealand parrot, Nestor notabilis, with brownish-green plumage (noun)

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Use "kea" in a sentence
  • "The park is also home to the world's only alpine parrot species, namely kea, as well as the endangered takahe."
  • "Before the white man came, in fact, the kea was a mild-mannered fruit-eating or honey-sucking bird."
  • "May 29th, 2009 LONDON - A British tourist was left in the lurch after a large wild parrot known as the kea stole his passport in New Zealand."