New breeds ‘dis­cov­ered’ by chil­dren

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

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.

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