The Reading / Listening - Giant Parrot - Level 0

Scientists found fossils from the biggest parrot that ever lived. It was a metre tall and weighed eight kilograms - twice the size of any other parrot. The fossils were in New Zealand. Researchers called the parrot Hercules. The largest parrot alive today is the kakapo, a flightless bird also from New Zealand. It is endangered.



New Zealand is famous for birds. The kiwi is its national symbol. Kiwis are endangered. The 3.6-metre-tall moa also came from New Zealand. It was the biggest bird that ever lived. It became extinct 600 years ago. Hercules lived 19 million years ago. It ate nuts, fruit and seeds. Scientists will discover many more species.

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Sources
  • https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/giant-parrot-1.5238617
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/08/07/scientists-just-discovered-prehistoric-parrot-nearly-size-kindergartner/
  • https://www.cnet.com/news/giant-dog-sized-parrot-was-more-cannibal-than-copycat/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Scientists found
  2. the biggest parrot
  3. It was a metre
  4. twice the size
  5. The fossils were
  6. Researchers called
  7. The largest parrot alive
  8. a flightless
  1. the parrot Hercules
  2. of any other parrot
  3. bird
  4. that ever lived
  5. today
  6. fossils
  7. in New Zealand
  8. tall

Paragraph 2

  1. New Zealand is famous
  2. The kiwi is its national
  3. The 3.6-metre-
  4. It was the biggest bird that
  5. It became
  6. Hercules lived 19 million
  7. It ate nuts, fruit
  8. Scientists will discover
  1. ever lived
  2. and seeds
  3. symbol
  4. many more species
  5. tall moa
  6. extinct
  7. for birds
  8. years ago

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists (1) ___________________ the biggest parrot that ever lived. It was a metre tall (2) ___________________ kilograms - twice the (3) ___________________ other parrot. The fossils were in New Zealand. Researchers (4) ___________________ Hercules. The largest parrot (5) ___________________ the kakapo, a flightless bird also from New Zealand. (6) ___________________.

New Zealand (7) ___________________ birds. The kiwi is (8) ___________________. Kiwis are endangered. The 3.6-metre-tall moa (9) ___________________ New Zealand. It was the biggest bird (10) ___________________. It became extinct 600 years ago. Hercules lived 19 million years ago. (11) ___________________, fruit and seeds. Scientists will discover (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistsfoundfossilsfromthebiggestparrotthateverlived.Itwasame
tretallandweighedeightkilograms-twicethesizeofanyotherparrot.Th
efossilswereinNewZealand.ResearcherscalledtheparrotHercules.Th
elargestparrotalivetodayisthekakapo,aflightlessbirdalsofromNewZ
ealand.Itisendangered.NewZealandisfamousforbirds.Thekiwiisitsn
ationalsymbol.Kiwisareendangered.The3.6-metre-tallmoaalsoc
amefromNewZealand.Itwasthebiggestbirdthateverlived.Itbecamee
xtinct600yearsago.Herculeslived19millionyearsago.Itatenuts,fruit
andseeds.Scientistswilldiscovermanymorespecies.

Student survey

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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