Kiwi birds are known as tiny feathered creatures with long narrow wings and no tail. It is believed that these birds first appeared on earth at the end of the Pliocene era and that they survived in the fossil record right before the extinction. This specie has only been seen in New Zealand and some populations can still be seen in museums. The word kiwi is derived from the Maori language and means ‘a wing’. According to popular legend, the kiwi was the first bird to fly on the surface of the sun.
Kiwi birds are flightless birds indigenous to New Zealand, of the genus Apteryx, which are also the only flightless species of this genus. They are the smallest flying birds and approximately the same size as a small domestic dog. They have short sleek bodies, large flanks, short tails and an upper body like a bill collector. Their names in New Zealand include the great black eye, brown eagle, black back, white stilt, white tail, black kiwi, white stott, red-faced kiwi, and yellow-eyed kiwi.
The breeding population in New Zealand is quite small and the bird population is decreasing because of loss of habitat and increasing numbers of introduced predators. Because the birds feed on nectar, they are threatened by a decline in crop production. The loss of habitat is causing them to become extinct in some areas. Other threats are too much fishing pressure and acid rain.
Kiwi Birds Facts
In New Zealand, birds are an important part of our ecosystem. The unique birds can be seen at two ends of the country due to the islands’ positioning and isolation from the rest of the world. On one end, you can see kelp forests which provide nesting sites for both breeding and non-breeding birds. On the other end, you can see desert vegetation and grasslands. The unique birds found here are represented by more than 200 different species.
The New Zealand ark is used to support the survival of many species. Each year over 400,000 birds are brought into the New Zealand ark by hunters and developers. This is where they are put on a waiting list to be taken home as trophies. When they are removed from their Ark they are often abandoned on beaches, islands and road sides.
The birds that are found in New Zealand are very adaptable. In fact, they can live and grow just about anywhere provided they have the right environment to thrive. One of the most common birds facts for the country is that there are about forty species of birds in the wild which are not protected. Some of these birds can only be viewed in captivity. The key to protecting these species is education and monitoring. Every effort must be made to preserve the environment where they evolved and are kept today.
The National Parks in New Zealand is managed by the Department of Conservation. They have been working hard to protect the conservation of native wildlife for over thirty years. A lot of work and money has been done in the past but it is just getting started on implementing a plan to fully protect the species. If you want to find out more about how you can help them please visit their website. It’s important that we all do our part to help them while they are here.
In The End
Now, if you want to find out more about the geese and the other birds of New Zealand then you can check out the National Parks or look for information at the bird watching centres. You will find everything you need to know about New Zealand’s indigenous birds and their habitat on these sites. You will also find information on the best times to see them. Remember, even though the birds may be rare, the land on which they thrive is never affected. There is always more of them around.