Monday, 29 July 2013
Friday, 12 July 2013
Kiwis are amazing animals in New Zealand. They live in amazing places such as, the forests, burrows, and wild places. Different kinds of Kiwis live in the south island and the north.They have a bill which is that their nostrils are at the tip of their beak at the end. The female Kiwi has to wait at least 24 days for the second egg to come before the first one. The first one takes 70-80 days. Kiwis threats are pests and humans. Humans can hunt Kiwis.
The size of the Kiwi varies among species, but the female Kiwi are always larger than the males. The little spotted Kiwi usually only grows to about 25 cm, however the other breed may measure from 35-40cm tall.
The Kiwi is the only bird to have nostrils at the tip of its long upper bill. It has a highly developed sense of smell. At the base of the bill are cat whiskers, which may act as sensors to stop the Kiwi from accidentally damaging its eyes.
The Kiwi has very good hearing. It often cocks its head from side to side, listening. Each ear (a large hole behind the eyes) is covered by feathers.
The Kiwi has small, dark, watery eyes that seem to have poor daylight vision. But at night, Kiwi can see well enough to run extremely fast through the dense undergrowth.
LEGS AND FEET:
The kiwi has large and powerful feet and legs that are covered with tough scales. The three,clawed front toes are very strong and are used for digging burrows. They are also used for kicking and scratching other creatures during a fight and can inflict fatal wounds. The hind
toe is used for balancing.
The Kiwis threats are dogs, cats, stoats, rats, and ferrets. They have all had a drastic effect on the native bird life including the Kiwis. The drab, mottled plumage have the Kiwi. The threats make excellent camouflage and blending well the birds are nocturnal surroundings.
Unlike most male birds, the Kiwi does not have beautifully coloured feathers to attract a mate. Too try and win her favour, he will follow her around, grunting to gain her attention. If she is unimpressed, she may run from him, or even chase him away. But, eventually, he will persuade her to mate with him. Mating takes place about three weeks before the first egg is laid.
And now you know how Kiwis have an amazing life here. Its a great experience for them. The environments for them are very incredible for the Kiwis. And next time you see an Kiwi, take moment to appreciate this unique bird in its natural environment.