New Zealand Kiwi Birds Kiwiâ€™s Life How to help kiwis
Rare white kiwi
Danger for kiwis
How can we help kiwis?
Kiwi’s life •
Kiwi can live to be 40 years old
Whiskers for feeling in the dark
Tiny wings – the kiwi didn’t need to fly when there were no predators in New Zealand Nostrils at tip of beak for sniffing out worms and spiders to eat Eyes which are good for seeing in the dark A female kiwi gives birth to an egg 20% its own body weight
Long beak to probe in the soft earth
Feathers, rough and shaggy – no use for flying
Powerful legs for running, kicking and burrowing
Razor sharp claws
Kiwi are endemic to New Zealand
New Zealand people relly like kiwis, even on the money they have them.
Rare white kiwi bird A rare white kiwi chick, named Manukura, hatched on May 1 at New Zealand’s national wildlife center. It’s believed to be the first all-white kiwi chick born in captivity. Manukura’s name means “of chiefly status” in the Maori language, according to the center.
“Every now and then something extraordinary comes along to remind you of how special life is,” said Jason Kerehi, the Rangitane tribe’s chief executive and a Pukaha board member, in the news release. “While we’re celebrating all 14 kiwi hatched this year, Manukura is a very special gift.”
Not all species of kiwi are endangered, but they are all certainly under threat. The biggest threat to the kiwi comes from dogs, feral cats and other imported pets including the stoat, of all things, as well as ferrets. New Zealand has no native predators. Being a small, flightless bird, the kiwiâ€™s defenses are extremely limited. Many kiwis are also killed every year by unregistered Pig-Hunting dogs and being killed while crossing roads/ highways. Loss of habitat due to deforestation and destruction of large tracts of native bush is also endangering the kiwi. Not only does this threaten its food sources, but deforestation means the kiwi has fewer places to hide from its many predators. Prior to Europeans coming to New Zealand, the kiwi enjoyed a healthy population.
Stop cutting trees! Plant new trees!!! Be a responsible pet owner. Keep your dog on a leash when you are near forests and don’t dump unwanted pets in the bush. Protect New Zealand’s Native Forests! New Zealand is the only place in the world where kiwi are found in the wild and they don’t live in cities and towns like most people. While you are caring for the kiwi remember to care for the forest too – that’s where the kiwi is living!.
Be a responsible pet owner!!!
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