The kiwi bird of New Zealand seems like a long extinct, exotic bird, but this small bird still roams the islands in small numbers. The numbers of the kiwi are in decline, but organizations like Save the Kiwi have been trying to bring those numbers up and save the bird from total extinction. This page aims to tell you ten things you didn’t know about the endangered kiwi bird of New Zealand (though I can’t guarantee you didn’t know one or two of these already… but if you say you knew all of them, you have to be lying!).
1. The Okarito Brown kiwi is in the worst decline of all types of kiwis. The numbers are less than 250, putting this at a critical level of endangerment.
2. There are less than 70,000 kiwis in existence. Before European settlers arrived in New Zealand, those numbers were far higher. The addition of cars and dogs have bit (no pun intended) into those numbers quite a bit.
3. Kiwis can’t fly. They have wings, but they’re useless. They’ve had no reason to fly in the centuries past, so their wings grew smaller and smaller quả kiwi.
4. Kiwis are related to the extinct Moa and the Ostrich. They belong to the ratite family, none of which can fly.
5. In New Zealand, road signs indicate the presence of kiwis, hopefully making the driver slow down in case once crosses the road.
6. Kiwis are nocturnal and have bad daytime eyesight. They are rarely seen during the day.
7. Kiwis mate for life. Not the New Zealand human, but the actual bird. They stick with their mates forever!
8. The Frankfurt Zoo in Frankfurt, Germany, has the most kiwis outside of the New Zealand area, with 12 kiwis at last count.
9. The kiwi is a national symbol for New Zealand. You’ll find it on many insignias, logos, and anything New Zealand related.
10. Kiwis have a highly developed sense of smell. Their nostrils are located at the end of their beak, which assists them in finding grubs, worms, insects, fruits, crayfish, and other small tasty critters.
As you can see, kiwis have a lot that makes them unique and really worth preserving. These intriguing creatures are still in decline to this day, though thanks to the efforts or organizations like the Save the Kiwi Trust, those numbers could reverse someday. If you see a kiwi in the wild, the first thing you’ll want to do is keep your dog away! Then, leave it alone, and be glad that you saw one.