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.
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.
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.
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.