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One mystery that still baffles experts is how the kiwi found its way to New Zealand in the first place. The kiwi’s closest relatives live 1000s of kilometres away in Madagascar and Australia, which is a long journey for a flightless bird travel. Although the kiwi is a strong swimmer, it’s not likely to have paddled all the way.
You can find more facts on the New Zealand Department of Conservation website.
- There are 68,000 kiwi left in New Zealand.
- The unmanaged kiwi population is declining at a rate of 2% a year because of predators introduced by humans.
- Kiwi usually live to between 25 and 50 years of age.
- They are the only bird with nostrils at the tip of the beak, meaning they have a great sense of smell.
- Their powerful legs make up a third of their bodyweight, making them fast runners.
If you want to learn even more about the kiwi, one option is to fly to New Zealand where you can see them in the wild or in captivity at the many zoos and ecological centres. You can also learn more about this amazing bird and efforts to save them on the Kiwis for Kiwi website.