Today I want to write about a weird looking bird called the North Island brown kiwi.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These lovely little birds measure about 40 cm tall. They are unable to fly, and you can’t even see their wings.
- Their long beak is made of ivory and is very unusual as it has nostrils in the end that are used to find small invertebrates when they forage.
- During the day, they hide in burrows that they dig with their powerful claws and they come out at night to find food.
- North Island brown kiwis lay the largest eggs in relation to their body size of any bird in the world. These eggs weigh about 15% of the female’s body weight. They lay 1-2 eggs in each clutch and can lay up to 3 clutches per year. The males incubate the eggs and develop a bare patch of skin on their tummy to help keep the eggs warm. The baby kiwis are fully feathered when they hatch and can leave the nest to look after themselves after just one week.
- These wonderful little birds are found in forests on the North Island of New Zealand and on a few nearby smaller islands as well. They are considered endangered, mainly due to predation by introduced cats, dogs and stoats. Thankfully, there are a few successful measures being taken to preserve wild populations of these remarkable birds.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about North Island brown kiwis?