from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large New Zealand parrot (Nestor notabilis), notorious for having acquired the habit of killing sheep; -- called also mountain parrot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The sheep-killing parrot of Australia, Nestor notabilis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large brownish-green New Zealand parrot


Maori, perhaps imitative of its call.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Maori kea (Wiktionary)



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  • A large, stocky, dull-colored parrot native to New Zealand. Male has a long upper bill. Lives in forest or open country and lives on fruit, leaves, insects, or carrion; it also scavenges on refuse dumps. Nests in a hole.

    February 11, 2007