DF2014:Kea

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Kea

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Urist likes kea for their intelligence.
Biome

Variations

Kea - Kea man - Giant kea

Attributes

· Flying · Steals food · Steals items

Tamed Attributes
Pet value 25

· Egglaying · Exotic pet · Breeding

Not hunting/war trainable 

Size
Child: 60 cm3
Adolescent: 500 cm3
Adult: 1,000 cm3
Food products
Eggs 2-5
Age
Adult at: 1
Max age: 30-50
Butchering returns

Food items

Meat 0-2

Raw materials

Skull 1

Wikipedia article

This article is about the current version of DF.
A small, green, intelligent mountain parrot.


Kea are flying pests that like to steal valuable items. They are attracted to things like cloth, gems, metal bars, stacks of crossbow bolts, and even wheelbarrows or anvils. They may even steal fish from a barrel after interrupting the dwarf hauling it. They are similar to a raccoon or rhesus macaque, but smaller and winged; the fact that they are winged and capable of flight makes them extremely annoying if they find a way into any unoccupied areas of your fortress.

Kea are skittish around other creatures, so pastured livestock are generally enough to send them winging away empty-clawed. Unfortunately, the livestock appear to be equally scared of the pilfering pests, so your dwarves will spend considerable time herding them back into their pastures when a kea flock appears.

Kea are too small to be butchered, but may be a source of eggs if captured and trained. They can and will draw blood on dwarves and small pets, like cats. A wagon newly deployed to a fortress can be beset by a large, ravenous group of kea and have their stuff stolen and their days ruined. If you find that your newly founded fortress is infested with kea, a good defensive measure is to move the contents of your wagon underground as quickly as possible, using temporary stockpiles in your fortress entrance if necessary. This will force the pests to stop flying if they want to come and steal something, making them no more or less threatening than other thieving beasts.

Some dwarves like kea for their curiosity and their intelligence.

Admired for its curiosity
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Apparently undead versions of keas are instantly transformed into kung-fu masters at the moment of their infection, being witnessed on multiple occassions to shatter bones of dwarf sized creatures (including femurs) through bronze and steel armor with no more than a light tap from one of their toes -- as utterly improbable as it may seem for a bird their size. The only scholarly explanation for this odd phenomena so far is that it may be a cruel inside joke of Armok himself.

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