- There are five species of kiwi. All are endangered
- There are approximately 70,000 kiwi left in all of New Zealand.
- We are losing 2% of our kiwi every year – this equates to 27 per week.
- Kiwi are mostly nocturnal
- They are most commonly forest dwellers, making daytime dens and nests in burrows, hollow logs or under dense vegetation.
- Kiwi are the only bird to have nostrils at the end of its very long bill
- Their nostils are used to probe in the ground, sniffing out invertebrates to eat, along with some fallen fruit.
- They also has one of the largest egg-to-body weight ratios of any bird
- The egg averages 15 per cent of the female’s body weight (compared to two per cent for the ostrich).
- Females are larger than males (up to 3.3 kg and 45 cm).
- Kiwi are long-lived, and depending on the species live for between 25 and 50 years.
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