Mr D's Groups
Ivan, Lucy, Ryan, Hope, Jake and Cerys
We have been reading about the Haast Eagle.
First we read a story called Kahu and Hokioi. The story was about a big bird (hokioi) who was going to eat Kahu (a smaller bird). Kahu tricked Hokioi into seeing who could fly the highest. Hokioi was in the lead. Suddenly Kahu saw kiore (a rat), and he scooped down and grabbed it to feed to his hungry children. Meanwhile Hokioi kept flying higher and higher until he could never be found again.
Next we read facts about the Haast Eagle. Then we went outside and drew life sized Haast Eagles on the court using chalk.
Here are the facts we found out...
- In 1870 some bones of a huge bird were found in a Canterbury swamp. Scientists worked out that they were the Haast Eagle
- They have a wing-span of 3 meters
- They weighed 12-13 kilograms
- They could fly at 80km/h
- They had claws that were 9 cm long – that’s as long as a tigers claws
- They are extinct because Maori were hunting moa for food and feathers. Moa were the main food for the Haast Eagle.
- They have been extinct for about 500 years.
- It was the largest eagle that ever lived.
- Maori called the Haast Eagle, Hokioi