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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Frequently Asked Questions About Kiwi Birds

Filed under: Kiwi Bird - 24 Sep 2012  | Spread the word !

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Kiwi birds are some of the most fascinating species of birds that exist in the world today. They are beautiful and smart, actually being the national symbol of a country, New Zealand. Below you can find a list of the most frequently asked questions about kiwi birds and all the answers you need to understand everything there is to know about this impressive specie.


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1. How many kinds of kiwis are there?

Many people are not aware of this, but there actually are five species of kiwi birds in the world today. All of them are endangered. In fact, an estimated total of only 70,000 kiwis exist in the world nowadays.

2. Do kiwis migrate?

One of the most fascinating facts about kiwi birds is that they actually live in pairs. Kiwis mate for life, so they stay together for many years. Some have been together for more than 20 years. Once becoming adults, kiwis locate in a certain territory and spend their whole life in it.

3. Can kiwis be kept as pets?

Even though kiwi birds are beautiful and really smart, they cannot be kept as pets. There are many reasons to that. Kiwis are endangered and vulnerable to extinction both due to human and animal threat. This is why they are protected in New Zealand and keeping them as pets is illegal. Besides the legal matter, it is important to know that kiwi birds are not social animals. This means that they do not get along with other kiwis, with humans or other pets. 


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4. What makes the kiwi such an interesting species?

The main reason why kiwis are so fascinating is that they are different from any other species. They are the only species of birds with nostrils and they have a great sense of smell. They have solid bones and lay really large eggs for their own body weight.

5. What is the kiwi lifespan?

Kiwi lifespan averages 50 years, but it is believed that the species can live up to 100 years. However, some sources state that kiwi birds live in average between 10 and 30 years.

6. How many kiwis exist in the world today?

Depending on the species, the number of kiwis that are left in the wild ranges between 300 to 24,000. Rowi, one species, is in the range of 300 to 400, while the brown kiwi population is of about 24,000.


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7. Are kiwi birds friendly?

As already mentioned, kiwi birds are not sociable animals. So, they are not friendly birds. When becoming adults, kiwi birds usually are very aggressive. They only get along with their mates and no one else. Young birds can be friendlier.

There are numerous other interesting facts you should know about kiwi birds. These nocturnal birds are quite interesting to watch, too, as you will see in the video below.

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The Kiwi Bird- Fascinating Details About It

Filed under: Kiwi Bird - 12 Sep 2012  | Spread the word !

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About the size of a chicken, the kiwi bird is still one of the most fascinating creatures. Kiwi is a wonderful flightless bird and endemic to New Zealand. This bird still raises the curiosity of many people due to its unusual features and behavior.

 


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Details About Kiwi:

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Subphylum: Vertebrata

Class: Aves

Order: Struthioniformes (or Apterygiformes)

Family: Apterygidae

Subfamily: Homininae

Genus: Apteryx

Species: Apteryx haastii, Apteryx owenii, Apteryx owenii, Apteryx australis and Apteryx mantelli

Lifespan: Up to 40 years

Habitat: Sea level to alpine environments, in scrubland, farmland, swamps, pine forest and vegetated gullies.

Age of Sexual Maturity: 18 months (males); 3 years (females)

Gestation Period: 80 days

Number of Offsprings: 1

Diet: Worms, spiders, bugs, grubs and fruit, freshwater crayfish, frogs and eels

Range: New Zealand


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This creature is unusual and there are always new things that we discover about it such as:

  • its average temperature is of 38 degrees C, which means that is 2 degrees lower than other birds and two degrees higher than humans
  • this bird lives in pairs
  • it mates for life
  • it has strong legs in order to rip apart rotten logs and to burrow
  • it’s territorial, so it will protect its area by chasing or calling the intruder, and will even fight using its razor-sharp claws
  • it can fight its enemies with its strong legs
  • the males are responsible for incubation
  • some females may leave their mate for a better and more disposable one


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Related to its name, there are two theories about it: one claims that is derived from the name for the Kivi, the bristle-thighed curlew. The second theory claims that this interesting bird is named for its cry “kee-wee kee-wee”.

Although there are many things that can’t be explained about such creature, it’s incredible how it managed to adapt and exist for millions of years. Unfortunately, its habitat is threatened by deforestation and dogs, this bird being on the verge of extinction.

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