Kiwi or kiwis are flightless birds native to New Zealand. At around the size of a domestic chicken, kiwi are by far the smallest living ratites (which also consist of ostriches, emus, rheas, and cassowaries), and lay the largest egg in relation to their body size of any species of bird in the world. The kiwi is a national symbol of New Zealand, and the association is so strong that the term Kiwi is used internationally as the colloquial demonym for New Zealanders. There are five recognized species, two of which are currently endangered, another two of which are vulnerable, and one of which is near-threatened. All species have been negatively affected by historic deforestation but currently the remaining large areas of their forest habitat are well protected in reserves and national parks. At present, the greatest threat to their survival is predation by invasive mammalian predators.
The moa is an enormous flightless bird native to New Zealand. They have super cute faces and are as instinctively drawn to trouble as a human toddler.
They are naturally frightened of things flying overhead, including kites, drones and airplanes. A panicked moa will run for any available cover, including but not limited to: its kennel, under trees, garages, your house, other people’s houses and underneath parked cars. This may cause some mild inconvenience.
It is impossible to toilet train a moa.
Like many birds, it is normal, natural and healthy for the moa to consume non-food items like stones to assist in grinding its food in their gizzards. Moa have a well honed talent for identifying particularly hard objects for this purpose, but unfortunately have proven to show a distinct preference for jewelry, especially those with precious stones. They are also not adverse to consuming car keys.
A broody moa is a force to be reckoned with. Male moa are not particularly fussy about what they attempt to incubate, and may become unhealthily attached to round objects like melons growing in the garden, and basket balls. Do not attempt to intervene. It’s his basket ball now.
“I have a thing for birds. Especially these shimmering beauties, the New Zealand native ‘Tui’. Its call is sweet and they are known for their fluffy tuft of feathers on their neck.
This is an original Cheese Before Bedtime piece. The mask only is hand stitched with attention to realistic details.
Details: - 4 inch size hoop - Outlines printed onto fabric in Charcoal - Natural Seeded background fabric in Cream - Mask hand stitched in Greens, Black, Brown and Cream - Signed on back - Lightweight - Ready to hang from thread and wooden bead - Great gift for New Zealand fans or bird lovers.”
Half-healed, half fresh, but man, am I super psyched to have wrapped up this tattoo on Josh today. Also a little sad! It’s been so fun to work on! New Zealand and Northern European native birds, plants, and insects. Trees are pohutukawa, birch, beech, rowan; birds are tui, kea, house swallow, and raven; today added a magpie moth and two Leioproctus fulvescens bees. Hopefully I’ll snag some healed photos before he heads back to NZ! Detail post after this.
This is a Tui, a bird native to New Zealand. This one is sitting on a flax flower stalk with pollen coating his head. We were taking in the view at Mount Victoria lookout, as he was busy hopping from stalk to stalk, chasing off the smaller birds ensuring all of the nectar was kept for himself. Everyone in New Zealand loves them, and it’s often a cause of excitement and exclamation when one is spotted. I can see why as their colours are remarkable.
The Tui (two-e) is a bird native to Aotearoa (New Zealand). They have a magnificent singing voice and this guy was in full voice today!
He got SO close to us it was really incredible. Turn your sound on and you’ll quickly hear some of the amazing and wonderful sounds these birds make.
#okerefalls #rotoruanz #aotearoa #newzealand #fauna #tui (at Okere Falls, New Zealand)