The Reading / Listening - Giant Parrot - Level 2

Scientists found fossilised bones that belonged to the biggest parrot that ever lived. It was probably as tall as a three-year-old child and weighed around eight kilograms. The researchers found the fossils in New Zealand. They called the new parrot Hercules, a name from Greek mythology. The scientists studied the leg bones and said Hercules was about a metre tall. This is twice the size of all other known parrots. The largest parrot scientists know of is the kakapo. This is a flightless bird that also lives in New Zealand. The kakapo is on the critically endangered species list.



New Zealand is famous for its birds. The kiwi is its national symbol. Scientists say kiwis could become endangered if their environment does not change. Another famous New Zealand bird is the 3.6-metre-tall moa. These flightless birds were the biggest birds that ever lived. They became extinct in the 15th century. Hercules lived about 19 million years ago. It probably ate nuts, fruit and seeds, and even other parrots. A researcher said: "Until now, no one has ever found an extinct giant parrot, anywhere. There are many more unexpected species yet to be discovered."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Giant Parrot - Level 0 Giant Parrot - Level 1   or  Giant Parrot - Level 3

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. bones that belonged to
  2. as tall as a
  3. They called the new
  4. a name from Greek
  5. The scientists studied the leg
  6. This is twice the size of all
  7. The largest parrot scientists
  8. on the critically endangered
  1. know of
  2. mythology
  3. the biggest parrot
  4. species list
  5. other known parrots
  6. three-year-old child
  7. parrot Hercules
  8. bones

Paragraph 2

  1. New Zealand is famous
  2. The kiwi is its national
  3. Scientists say kiwis could
  4. flightless
  5. They became extinct in
  6. It probably ate nuts, fruit
  7. There are many more
  8. yet to be
  1. become endangered
  2. the 15th century
  3. discovered
  4. and seeds
  5. unexpected species
  6. symbol
  7. for its birds
  8. birds

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists found fossilised (1) ___________________ to the biggest parrot that ever lived. It was (2) ___________________ as a three-year-old child and weighed around eight kilograms. The researchers (3) ___________________ in New Zealand. They called the new parrot Hercules, a name from Greek mythology. The scientists studied (4) ___________________ and said Hercules was about a metre tall. This is (5) ___________________ of all other known parrots. The largest parrot scientists know of is the kakapo. This is a flightless bird that also lives in New Zealand. The kakapo is on the critically (6) ___________________.

New Zealand is famous for its birds. The kiwi is (7) ___________________. Scientists say kiwis could become endangered if their environment (8) ___________________. Another famous New Zealand bird is the 3.6-metre-tall moa. These flightless birds were the biggest birds (9) ___________________. They became extinct in the 15th century. Hercules lived about 19 million years ago. It probably (10) ___________________ and seeds, and even other parrots. A researcher said: "Until now, no one has ever (11) ___________________ giant parrot, anywhere. There are many more unexpected species (12) ___________________ discovered."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistsfoundfossilisedbonesthatbelongedtothebiggestparrotthat
everlived.Itwasprobablyastallasathree-year-oldchildandweigheda
roundeightkilograms.TheresearchersfoundthefossilsinNewZealand.
TheycalledthenewparrotHercules,anamefromGreekmythology.The
scientistsstudiedthelegbonesandsaidHerculeswasaboutametretall.
Thisistwicethesizeofallotherknownparrots.Thelargestparrotscientis
tsknowofisthekakapo.ThisisaflightlessbirdthatalsolivesinNewZeala
nd.Thekakapoisonthecriticallyendangeredspecieslist.NewZealandis
famousforitsbirds.Thekiwiisitsnationalsymbol.Scientistssaykiwisco
uldbecomeendangerediftheirenvironmentdoesnotchange.Anotherf
amousNewZealandbirdisthe3.6-metre-tallmoa.Theseflightlessbir
dswerethebiggestbirdsthateverlived.Theybecameextinctinthe15thc
entury.Herculeslivedabout19millionyearsago.Itprobablyatenuts,fru
itandseeds,andevenotherparrots.Aresearchersaid:"Untilnow,noone
haseverfoundanextinctgiantparrot,anywhere.Therearemanymoreu
nexpectedspeciesyettobediscovered."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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Answers

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