Kiwi Bird

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Many people know and love the kiwi bid because it is such a common face to remember when it comes to tourism while visiting the islands of New Zealand. The birds are a native bird from these islands which have been around for many thousands of years and perhaps longer. Smaller cousins of the great Moa birds which died out after the islanders reached these islands the kiwi is one of the last of its kind.  A flightless bird which has hair rather than feathers and a long snout like appendage which is used for sucking up insects and other food items like fruits. The kiwi bird lays large eggs which can be up to half the weight of the bird that laid it. Their survival rate has been poor since man has introduced domestic animals to the New Zealand Islands which means that it is their responsibility to keep them safe in the future. Protected sanctuaries have been designed to keep the kiwi bird in and the predators out however the birds are still classed as endangered.

There is a lot that needs to be done to help the survival of the kiwi bird which includes the eradication of pests and dangerous pets. By controlling other animal species we can hopefully change the future for the best so that the kiwi bird will have a better chance of repopulating and getting off the endangered list. In recent years the kiwi eggs have been taken from their natural mothers in the wild and in the enclosures so that the care takers can optimize the success rate for hatchlings that live. This has been working to a high degree during this study which is good news for the kiwi fans. The kiwi bird has a very keen sense of smell which means that it does not have too much trouble finding tasty treats to eat like grubs or fallen fruit from the trees. They are very fast runners and difficult to spot in the wild which is one of very few advantages that the kiwi bird has. The councils of New Zealand are working on plans that will help the kiwi birds repopulate and grow strong so that this national emblem stay in the country for ever.

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North Island Brown Kiwi

Filed under: Endangered Birds - 07 Jun 2013  | Spread the word !

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The North Island Brown Kiwi is a really interesting species of kiwi birds. This species of kiwi is widespread in the North Island of New Zealand. Actually, this is the most common type of kiwi, statistics showing that there are about 35000 individuals left in the world. Most of these individuals are found in the North Island and in the Little Barrier Island.

Female brown kiwis are about 40 cm high (16 inch). They commonly weight around 2.8 kg (6.2 lb.). Males are smaller than females, this being an important characteristic of these kiwi birds. A male brown kiwi will only weight about 2.2 kg.


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Brown kiwi birds can be seen in zoos from all over the world. In fact, this is the only species of kiwis that is known to be internationally found in zoos. However, this species of kiwis is still listed as an endangered one. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the kiwi is currently at risk of becoming extinct. The species is found on the Red List of Threatened Species, of this organization.

Why is the North Island brown kiwi endangered?

Well, it seems that there are numerous predators which threaten this beautiful, small bird. Some of the main predators of the brown kiwi are dogs, cats and stoat Mustela erminea. In certain areas in which mammalian pest control is not functional, about 94 percent of all kiwis do not reach the age of breeding. As such an impressive number of birds die before breading, the brown kiwi population has decreased spectacularly.

And statistics are not optimistic at all when it comes to the future of these lovely birds. Specialists have estimated that only 5 percent of kiwi chicks survive to adulthood. Survival rates are higher in areas in which predators are limited.

Numerous efforts to help the increase of the kiwi birds population have been made so far. Hopefully, all these efforts will not be in vane and the kiwi bird population will keep on growing in the following years.

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Little Spotted Kiwi Birds

Filed under: Endangered Birds - 28 May 2013  | Spread the word !

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The Little Spotted Kiwi bird, also known as the Grey Kiwi, actually is the smallest species of kiwi. Original from New Zealand, Little Spotted kiwis have a length of 14 to 18 inch. They weight about 2.0 lb, having pale-mottled gray looks. Like all kiwis, this species also lacks a tail, having small pygostyle.


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Little spotted kiwis feed on small insects, as well as grubs. They can also eat berries. These kiwis cannot fly in the search for food, so they are going to dig searching for something to eat on the ground. Little spotted kiwi birds have poor eyesight, being dependent on their great sense of smell, as well as on their beak and talons.

Like all species of kiwis, these birds are monogamous, so they only mate at a time. Commonly, they mate for life. Little spotted kiwi birds have just one egg a season. The egg is incubated by the male only.


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This species of kiwi birds used to be widespread in the North and South Islands of the county. Nowadays, there are few Little Spotted kiwi birds left in New Zealand. Predators such as cats, dogs, but also stoats have brought an important contribution to the decline of the kiwi bird population. The species actually disappeared from the North Island in the 1900s. In fact, since the 1980s, this unique species of kiwi birds was declared extinct on the South Island. Currently, there are still little spotted kiwi birds in New Zealand, mostly on the Kapiti Islands.

Statistics show that there are about 1500 little spotted kiwis in the wild today. The species used to include another form of kiwis, but they became distinct in the late 1800s. As already mentioned, there are many predators that put at risk these beautiful birds. In the lack of a sanctuary for them, little spotted kiwis may become extinct. So, the species is still at risk, even though specialists claim that it is recovering.

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White Kiwi Birds

Filed under: Kiwi Bird - 25 Apr 2013  | Spread the word !

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White kiwi birds are without a doubt the rarest species of kiwis that can be seen in the world today. In fact, there are only 3 such birds known to exist in captivity nowadays. Since white kiwi birds are so rare, there is no wonder that the birth of such a kiwi is an important event.


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A white kiwi was born at a New Zealand wildlife center in December, 2011. The happy event took place at Pakaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Center, this actually being the second white kiwi bird born in this spot in 2011. Naturally, the famous Manukura is the first kiwi bird that that was brought here, back in May, 2011. Mauriora, which means sustained life, is the name of the kiwi bird that was born in this New Zealand zoo in December. Naturally, it was all a great event for the keepers of this zoo.

Well, today visitors interested in seeing the two lovely white kiwi birds can visit the Pakaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Center, which is located in Wairarapa district, at about 90 minutes drive from Wellington.


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One of the most interesting things about white kiwis is the fact that white genes are known to only be existent in a limited number of the kiwi population. For a white kiwi to be born both the male and the female kiwi has to possess the white genes. So, the fact that the Pakaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Center now homes two white kiwi birds is absolutely remarkable.

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Kiwi Bird Rescued from Mine Shaft

Filed under: Endangered Birds,Kiwi Bird - 18 Mar 2013  | Spread the word !

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Besides kiwi birds becoming severely endangered, their fragile bodies, lack of flying abilities and poor eyesight can cause them to fall into many traps. This is how a great spotted kiwi bird fell into a mine shaft in a remote valley north of Greymouth, New Zealand.


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Luckily for the bird, a worker at the Department of Conservation came to its rescue after a member of the public heard its calls. Trevor Ellen was tramping in the headwaters of the Ten Mile Valley when he heard the kiwi’s call. He then followed the call to find a great spotted kiwi down the hole in the area which is full of abandoned coalmines and shafts, some of which being more than 100 years old.

The bird “was down in an old sinkhole from the 1800s, like a mine shaft. I couldn’t get him out on my own, so we went back the next day”, said Ellen.

The next day, Ellen returned early in the morning accompanied by Department of Conservation ranger Gavin Collins. The two embarked on a three-hour rescue mission.

The ranger attached a rope to a punga tree and lowered himself down. When he reached the bottom, the bird did not run away and let him pick it up. Either the kiwi was a juvenile, or it senses that the ranger was only trying to help it. The little bird droppings caused Collins to think that the kiwi had only been there a few days.

Working for the Department of Conservation, Gavin Collins said that he is used to climbing. However, his job requires his climbing skills more usually when it comes to checking out bat roosting sites.

Asked what were the chances of someone hearing the kiwi bird up the remote valley, he said it was “probably the luckiest kiwi around”. The bird was released back into the nearby bush to find its way back into the wild.

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Kiwi Bird Logos

Filed under: Kiwi Bird - 25 Feb 2013  | Spread the word !

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Birds and especially kiwis, are amazing creatures. Kiwi birds symbolize freedom, but can express many other things. There are many business which have started to use Kiwis as they logo designs. In many cases it depicts the origin of the company and enables people make an association with it.

New Zealand is the country where this bird originates from and people from this country have such a strong bond with this creature that is used to denote them globally.

When Kiwi bird logos have a great design and are build correctly, they have a great influence and are also very appreciated, establishing a unique brand identity. Recently, there are many Kiwi bird logos that have entered the market, from various fields. A few of them are the following:


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These are only a few of the Kiwi logos. This bird inspired many other companies in the world, from different fields of activity. It can also inspire you!

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Curiosities About Kiwi Birds

Filed under: Kiwi Bird - 17 Feb 2013  | Spread the word !

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The main threat to the kiwi are the following animals: stoats, possums, ferrets, feral cats, but also larger predators such as pigs and dogs. Young kiwi leave the nest when they are only 3 weeks of age, weighing approximately 200 g. They are slow, small amd very few manage to survive the journey from birth.


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It’s also difficult until they get the critical size that allows them to face their predators. When humans destroyed forests and introduced predators, endangered the lives of these creatures. Nonetheless, humans are also their greatest hope as we can still do something for them.


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Curiosities about these creatures:

  • a great sense of smell
  • could pass for mammal as has hair-like feathers and long whiskey, it cannot lfy and it burrows in the ground
  • huge eggs
  • the smallest living memebr of the ratite family, including emus and ostriches
  • live in pairs as monogamous couples for most their lives
  • sometimes, the male does most of the incubating of the eggs
  • sex role reversal: the female is bigger and dominates the male
  • it takes up to 80 days to hatch the eggs


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It’s interesting that the bonds between a female and a male can last to even 30 years and about every thrid day, a pair will shelter in the same burrow together. The relationships is more physical and volatile and during the night the two partners are looking for food or are patrolling their territory.


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Plus, they will also perform duets, this being a way they call each other. The female has a lower hoarser call than the male and although it doesn’t seem surprising, the bond is long lasting.

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Visit The Kiwi Birdlife Park

Filed under: Kiwi Bird - 31 Jan 2013  | Spread the word !

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Kiwi birds are one of the most interesting creatures on earth. They live mainly in New Zealand and are protected by the law because they’re an endangered species. If you plan to visit New Zealand, don’t forget to visit those places where you can see these birds, the symbol of this country.


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One of the best place for this is the Kiwi Birdlife Park. Here you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy and admire the sight and sounds of New Zealand’s wildlife and plants in 5 acre breeding sanctuary. This park is the ideal spot to see Kiwi birds, but also other native animals.


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The stuff members are very passionate for their work and are professionally trained, thus they are ready to provide you the best information you’ll want to find out.


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The Kiwi Birdlife Park is involved in many conservation projects throughout the entire country. One of the most important projects is the Kiwi recovery programme. These amazing and endangered birds are bred at the Park and cared for until they have the right weight to fend off the predators. Then, Kiwi birds are released into safe areas such as the Maungataniwha Sanctuary, Mt Bruce Sanctuary and the Rimutaka Forest Park.


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The park is involved in other important projects such as wildlife rescue, brown Teal-Pateke breeding, Tuatara incubation studies, Kiwi bird park staff volunteering and many others.

If you want to see this amazing creature, then the Kiwi Birdlife Park is where you should go.

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Interesting Facts About Kiwi Birds

Filed under: Kiwi Bird - 14 Nov 2012  | Spread the word !

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Kiwi birds are really fascinating. This is quite a unique species in the world, the kiwi being the smallest living member of the ratite family, which also includes ostriches and emu birds. The kiwi bird prefers nocturnal environments. There are numerous interesting facts you should know about this bird.


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Below are listed some of the most important ones:

  • This is the only known bird in the world to have nostrils at the end of its bill.
  • The kiwi bird has an incredible developed sense of small.
  • It sniffs out its food.
  • Kiwi birds have no tail, which makes them unique.
  • The body temperature of a kiwi bird is of about 38 degrees. This is a lower temperature than the one of all other birds.
  • The feathers of a kiwi bird look exactly like hair.
  • This is a flightless bird that has the size of a chicken.
  • The kiwi bird sleeps during the day and is mostly active during nighttime.
  • It has a long beak, which actually is about one-third the length of its body.
  • The physical features of the kiwi bird are different from the ones of any other type of bird that exists on earth today.
  • The kiwi is native to New Zealand, actually being the national symbol of this country.
  • Kiwi birds cannot fly.
  • The kiwi digs up and chows on worms.
  • A kiwi bird is almost blind, meaning that it can see only to about six feet distance at night and less than two feet during the day.
  • This bird uses the nostrils to be able to hunt.
  • Kiwi birds lay eggs that are the size of ostrich eggs. This means that these birds lay enormous eggs for their own size.
  • Kiwi birds are believed to be more than 8 million years old.
  • A kiwi weights about 800 g to 1 kg. Its height is of about 50 cm.
  • The normal diet of a kiwi includes worms, spiders, bugs, grubs and fruit, as well as freshwater and frogs.
  • There actually are five kiwi species. They include North Island Brown Kiwi, Great Spotted Kiwi, Lesser Spotted Kiwi, Rowi, and Tokoeka .
  • A female kiwi is larger than a male.


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Kiwi birds are without a doubt some of the most interesting birds in the world. They are unique, curious, but also quite beautiful.

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Rare Kiwi Birds Released Into The Wild

Filed under: Kiwi Bird - 25 Oct 2012  | Spread the word !

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Five kiwi birds have recently been released on Motutapu island. This actually is a predator free island, making the perfect home for the five Coromandel brown kiwi. This species of kiwi birds is one of the most challenged in the country. Figures indicate that there are only 1500 kiwis left into the wild nowadays.

This release is part of the effort to build a large breeding population, launched by a New Zealand protection agency. The agency, Kiwis for kiwi, has as its main goal building a large population of kiwis that will allow the relocation of the species back to mainland sanctuaries. The founder of this organization hopes he will receive all the support needed to achieve his goal.


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“Like many of us, I thought our national bird was so important that its population was stable, so I was deeply concerned to find out that without help, kiwi would be virtually gone from the mainland in our lifetime,” Sir Graham Henry, Kiwis for kiwi founder declared according to The Aucklander.

He added that the organization aims to save kiwi birds and it will strike national pride to achieve this purpose. “New Zealand without kiwi is unimaginable,” Sir Graham explained, and hopefully this is exactly what people will think, too.


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Kiwis for kiwi hopes that in the following six years no less than 50 Coromandel brown kiwis will be moved to Motutapu Island. The survival of this species is believed to be much dependent on keeping the island free of dogs and animal pests. Due to predators, no less than 95 percent of all kiwis living in unprotected areas die before reaching breeding age.

This is why it is extremely important for people visiting Motatapu to understand that traveling with dogs to the island in not an option. Mice, rats and other pests should not be brought to the island, either. These pests have to be kept away from this location, as in a matter of a few days a dog can eliminate the entire kiwi population.


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Efforts to save kiwi birds have been registered in the past few years, but releasing these five kiwis makes a whole new era in kiwi protection. The release is just the start of a new program that aims to built a Coromandel brown kiwi population on Motutapu Island.

Volunteers have worked on the island since 1994. They have planted more than 400,000 native trees to create a viable forest habitat for the return of native wildlife. Everyone interested in supporting this project can make donations or volunteer to work with the organization.

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Funny Animated Kiwi Stories

Filed under: Kiwi Bird - 02 Oct 2012  | Spread the word !

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The kiwi bird is a very interesting specie. The animated videos that have been created on its life are based on the idea that these birds are flightless, but that they want to be just like other bird species which are able to fly.

In this first video, the project was aimed at creating an illustrated animation in which an endangered animal is the main character and which provides a moral at the end. Aside from the fact that the kiwi bird finally manages to fly, due to the fact that it has not given up, we also get more morals. We can also consider the initial part in which deforestation happens. As this is an occurrence of our modern society, we can imagine the fact that animals would have to migrate to forested areas… but not all of them may be this lucky in reality!


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In the second video, we can see another attempt at a kiwi bird flying. This is a fully animated video and it is based on the kiwi bird getting at least the illusion of flying if nothing else. This video has also been created as an education project and it can be closely related to the moral theme of the previous one.

Both animations have been created with a moral purpose as educational projects and they are both based on pretty much the same idea – how can a flightless kiwi bird end up flying!

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