The kiwi bird is a flightless bird, about the size of a chicken. It is nocturnal; meaning it sleeps during the day and is active at nighttime. It has a long beak that is one-third the length of its body, and its beak actually has nostrils at the end. The kiwi is the only bird with this feature. Another quirky feature of the kiwi is that it has no tail. It has thick brown hair-like feathers. This bird has many physical features unlike any other bird on earth.
pecial Adaptations Kiwi birds have been called a genetic leftover. Their characteristics seem very odd to us probably due to the fact that they haven't evolved much at all. They are suspected to be about 8 million years old. That's 7 million years older than humans. Due to New Zealand's isolated environment, it has been safe from predators and hasn't needed to do much adapting. They just hang around.
Hunting/ Feeding Characteristics
With it's long beak, the kiwi digs up and chows on worms. A kiwi is almost blind; it can see about six feet at night and around two feet during the day, so when it comes to hunting the kiwi is not well equipped. It used the nostrils on its beak to find its food and then plucks up the worms with its beak.
The kiwi bird is native of New Zealand. It is the island country's national bird, and is rare anywhere but here and a few pacific island neighbors. Of course, it is available for viewing at certain zoos, including the San Diego Zoo. It has stayed in its native land due to the facts that it is an isolated island and that kiwis can't fly.
Kiwi birds are extremely unique in the bird world. Though they are the size of chickens, they lay eggs the size of ostrich eggs, weighing around a pound each. Their enormous eggs are the largest in the bird world, in proportion to their bodies. These birds were named after their distinctive shrill cry "kee-wee kee-wee".
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