Kiwi Bird Facts

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The kiwi bird is a flightless bird that is native to New Zealand. It is part of the Apterygidae family and a peculiar looking bird. Until the beginning of the 20th century, there was very little information present regarding the kiwi bird. However, in 1906, Kiwi Shoe Polish was introduced which began to help give the kiwi bird global recognition. The kiwi bird has five different species including the great spotted kiwi, the little spotted kiwi, brown kiwi, tokeoka, and north island brown kiwi. The largest of these species is the largest of the species while the little spotted kiwi is the smallest of the birds. The average lifespan of a kiwi bird is roughly 20-30 years.

The kiwi bird is a very interesting bird unlike any others. These are nocturnal creatures that are often shy and secretive by nature. When they fight enemies, they do so with their legs which are strong enough to inflict damage by kicking and slashing. The male kiwi incubates the eggs as opposed to the female and in turn loses about a third of its body weight. The kiwi birds generally live in pairs and are monogamous throughout their lifespan although occasionally, a female kiwi may leave her mate for one she finds more desirable. Overall, the kiwi is extremely smart and quick-thinking. It is extremely strong and fast and able to outrun a human. These features are unique to the kiwi bird, making it one of the most interesting birds in existence today.

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