ONLY WHEN WE UNDERSTAND CAN WE CARE. ONLY WHEN WE CARE WILL WE HELP. WITHOUT OUR HELP THE KIWI IS LOST.

Kiwi

 
  • There are five species of kiwi. All are endangered.
  • Endemic to New Zealand.
  • 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 nostrils are used to probe in the ground, sniffing out invertebrates to eat, along with some fallen fruit.
  • They have one of the largest egg-to-body weight ratios of any bird.
  • Females are larger than males.
  • Kiwi are long-lived and, depending on the species, live for between 25 and 50 years.
  • The Kiwi has a tiny wing but it cannot fly.
  • They have marrow inside their bones, making them very heavy.
  • Adult Kiwi usually mate for life, and are strongly territorial. Depending on the species, the male kiwi does most of the egg incubation, which is usually one clutch of one egg per year from June to December, although this can vary slightly according to the species.
  • Chicks hatch fully feathered after a long incubation of 70-85 days.
  • Chicks emerge from the nest to feed at about five days old and are never fed by their parents. 

 
WHAT WE DO
  • Kiwi Projects
  • NZ Native Fauna
  • Education Programmes
  • Predator Control
 
SPONSORSHIP
  • Support the Trust
  • Sponsor an Animal
  • Our Supporters
 
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LOCATION
60 Hussey Road
Northwood
Christchurch
8051
New Zealand


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CONTACT US
+64 3 359 6226 ext 704
conservationtrust@willowbank.co.nz




Charities Registration Number: 21020