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Kaka \Ka"ka\, n. [Maori kaka a parrot; -- so named from its note.] (Zo["o]l.) A New Zealand parrot of the genus Nestor, especially the brown parrot ( Nestor meridionalis).

Note: The mountain kaka, or kea ( Nestor notabilis), is remarkable for having recently acquired carnivorous habits. It attacks and kills lambs and pigs, sometimes doing great damage.

Night kaka. (Zo["o]l.) The kakapo.


n. ''Nestor notabilis'', a parrot of New Zealand.


n. large brownish-green New Zealand parrot [syn: Nestor notabilis]


The kea (; ; Nestor notabilis) is a large species of parrot of the superfamily Strigopoidea found in forested and alpine regions of the South Island of New Zealand. About long, it is mostly olive-green with a brilliant orange under its wings and has a large, narrow, curved, grey-brown upper beak. The kea is the world's only alpine parrot. Its omnivorous diet includes carrion, but consists mainly of roots, leaves, berries, nectar, and insects. Now uncommon, the kea was once killed for bounty due to concerns by the sheep-farming community that it attacked livestock, especially sheep. It received full protection in 1986.

The kea nests in burrows or crevices among the roots of trees. Kea are known for their intelligence and curiosity, both vital to their survival in a harsh mountain environment. Kea can solve logical puzzles, such as pushing and pulling things in a certain order to get to food, and will work together to achieve a certain objective. They have been filmed preparing and using tools.

Kea (island)

Kea , also known as Gia or Tzia , Zea, and, in antiquity, Keos (, ), is a Greek island in the Cyclades archipelago in the Aegean Sea. Kea is part of the Kea-Kythnos regional unit.

Kea (disambiguation)

The kea is a parrot native to New Zealand.

Kea can also refer to:

  • Kea, Cornwall, civil parish and village in Cornwall, in the United Kingdom
  • Saint Kea, a 5th-century Christian saint
  • Kea (island), an island in Cyclades, Greece
  • Kea, the New Zealand name for Beavers, that part of the Boy Scout Movement for boys under the age of eight.
  • Kea Province, Greece
  • Kea (ferry), an Auckland harbour ferry, named for the bird
  • Kea (software), DHCP server software under development by
  • Clarence Kea, a retired American professional basketball player
  • Kill 'Em All, the debut album of the thrash metal band Metallica.
  • Salaria Kea, African-American nurse and desegregation activist

KEA can also refer to:

  • Kinematical Element Analysis, a numerical analysis method using computation
  • Keyphrase Extraction Algorithm, an algorithm for extracting keyphrases from text documents.
  • KEA (aircraft manufacturer), a Greek aircraft manufacturer
  • Koning Eizenberg Architecture
  • Korea Express Air
  • Kashmir Economic Alliance
  • Eurodemocratic Renewal Party (Komma Evrodimokratikis Ananeosis), a political party in Cyprus
  • Canadian Esperanto Association (Kanada Esperanto-Asocio)
  • KEA (Kiwi Expats Abroad) NPO, associated with NZTE

Usage examples of "kea".

Each of the thirty-six mirrors in the Keck Telescope, also on Mauna Kea, had been only seventy-two inches across.

The reason he had wanted to consult with this woman, whose mark had been made in microanalysis, was that someone had presented Kea with a particle concept.

Kea had seen of the longliners that hung off Earth, or the torchships that sat like so many oranges, torches underwater, out beyond the barrier.

Kea could have done a more exact job of stage-managing, but he knew just how sensitive and paranoiac the incompetent were.

As well as three tuis, there were also bellbirds, blue wattle crows, kea and native pigeon, totaling fifty specimens.

Kea noticed, as he slid unobtrusively to the cashbox, that the man was a Samoan.

I remember the rainbow-coloured harbour of Honolulu Hilo, the simply joyous Arcadie at the foot of Mauna Loa, and Mauna Kea which lifted violet shoulders to the morning, the groves of cocoa-palms and tamarinds, the waterfalls dropping over sheer precipices a thousand feet into the ocean, the green embrasures where the mango, the guava, and the lovi lovi grow, and where the hibiscus lifts red hands to the light.

With galaxies opening in front of him, Kea imagined he could live without caviar or cabrito for a spell.

The older man said that before Kea returned to Earth, they would have to talk. About the future.

Over the peak of Mauna Kea air flows more smoothly than above any other high site in the world.

She was half-Thai, half-Irish, which is where Kea got his eyes, as blue as the skies above in the winter, when the trade winds blew away the pollution.

While Nancy used the flare gun to distract the terrorists, Mick and Theo would emerge from Kea Lake, free George and Kevin, and guide them out through the underwater passage.

When Jord is kidnaped by the gangsters Tig Fromm and Vlix, the Droids, Thall, and the mysterious Kea board Thall's hot rod landspeeder, the White Witch, to go rescue him.

Kea, trying to keep from laughing, came up with some plausible story about labwork and study.

Sailors shipwrecked in southern waters swear the kea shows the way to safe harbors.