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Urist likes kea for their curiosity.


Kea - Kea man - Giant kea


· Flying · Steals food · Steals items

Tamed Attributes
Pet value 25

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Not hunting/war trainable 

Birth: 60 cm3
Mid: 500 cm3
Max: 1,000 cm3
Food products
Eggs 2-5
Adult at: 1
Max age: 30-50
Butchering returns

Food items

Meat 0-2

Raw materials

Skull 1

Wikipedia article

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Note that some content may still need to be updated.

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; their ability to fly 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 newly-embarking group of dwarves will sometimes find their wagon immediately beset by a flock of kea, their stuff stolen, and days ruined thereby. In this case, 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 kea are instantly transformed into kung-fu masters at the moment of their ensorcelment, being witnessed on multiple occasions to shatter the 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 phenomenon so far is that it may be a cruel joke by Armok himself.

Axes stolen by these birds are destined to never appear again, whisked away to some distant location. Explorers have been recorded seeking the massive amounts of metals that these avian caches must contain, but none have ever hit paydirt.