New breeds ‘discovered’ by children
Last week the once quiet Matamata Intermediate library was transformed into an exotic bird wonderland.
Cameron Alexander and Milla Clothier designed two of the birds sitting among the other 200 in the make-shift aviary.
The students have been learning about the adaptive features of birds and had to create their own fantasy bird that could thrive in the habitat they described.
Cameron’s bird, named Ognimalf, lives in estuaries and mangroves, has webbed feet, eats shrimp and lives in subtropical countries.
Milla’s bird, named Aibohpohtinrosprout, lives in Canada, is black for camouflage purposes and eats rodents after they are knocked out from its smell.
‘‘Part of the name Aibohpohtinro is Ornithophobia backwards, which is the fear of birds – and I am very scared of birds,’’ Milla laughed.
Despite her deep fears, she got on board with all the other students at the intermediate to create an exotic bird.
‘‘We have been learning about birds for the whole term and designing our own ones for most of the term,’’ Cameron said.
‘‘I have learnt so much about birds from it, it has been great.’’
Alongside each bird displayed is a name and a description.
Birds were made of any materials found around the house including feathers, paint, polystyrene balls, marble eyes, chicken wire and sticks.
Paper Plus staff and Rotary members took to the streets last Friday to raise money for Cure Kids’ Red Nose Day. From left, Michelle Tanner, Jahanna Tong, Leonie Tisch and Graeme Guilford had their red noses on outside Paper Plus selling cupcakes, red noses for cars, Jaffas and other bits and pieces. Mrs Tong said they had a fantastic response from the community who donated generously. Cure Kids support children with life threatening illnesses around New Zealand. New breeds: From left, Cameron Alexander, 12, and Milla Clothier, 12, with their exotic bird creations.