National Geographic : 1962 Apr
Kea and Kiwi: Villain and Hero Among Rare Birds A large parrot, the kea (far left) once fed on plants and insects. About a century ago the bird be gan to develop a taste for meat. Although flocks often devour dead sheep, some killer birds en ter a mob to tear the flesh from a living animal. To cut down on depredations, the government pays bounties to kea hunters. Harmless, worm-grubbing kiwi (lower right) is so popular that New Zealand soldiers call themselves Kiwis. A forest dwelling night hunter, the kiwi has developed keen hearing and smell to compensate for near blindness and inability to fly. The chicken-sized hen lays a one-pound egg. Kakapo, a ground-prowling parrot, feeds at night Yellowhead returns to its hole-in-a-tree home Male pukeko incubates eggs in a swamp nest Flightless kiwi sniffs food with a long beak EKTACHROME BY K. V. BIGWOOD© N.G .S.