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These are the only animations of Kiwi’s however, there maybe some used on other pages and more aninations can be accessed from the table at the bottom of the page.

 

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The Kiwi is the national bird of New Zealand. The Kiwi can’t fly. They are the only known bird to have nostrils located at the tip of their beak. It is almost blind and lays only one egg each year. Despite this, it has survived for several thousand millennia.

A Kiwi’s egg is large compared with the size of its body (An egg averages 20% of the females weight, compared to 2% for an Ostrich).

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The female is larger than the male. In some varieties the males are the ones that sit on the egg.

The Kiwi is a strange bird, in fact when the first English explorers described it to people in England, they were not believed. A live one had to be taken to England before people would believe such a weird bird existed.

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It has very strong legs for burrowing and ripping apart rotten logs.

The Kiwi’s name doesn’t come from its call but from the Polynesian name for the Bristled-Thighed Curlew, the Kivi. This bird has the same way of feeding as the Kiwi, by poking its long beak into soft ground.

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The Kiwi live in burrows on the ground with a diet of mainly worms, spiders, bugs, grubs and fruit.

Kiwi’s mate for life, some have been together for 30 years.

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It is the only known bird to have external nostrils at the end of its beak and one of the few birds to have a good sense of smell. At night a Kiwi can often be heard making snuffling noises, which is caused by the bird trying to clear dirt out of its nostrils when it is searching for food.

The Kiwi is the smallest member of the family of birds called Ratites. This group includes some of the world’s biggest birds like the Emu, Ostrich, as well the extinct Moa and the Elephant Birds of Madagascar.

It has an average body temperature of 38° C, which is 2° lower than other birds and two degrees higher than humans.

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