Kiwi Species Wooden Puzzle with Matching Tray
The Kiwi is an ancient bird and can live from between 25 to 50 years. The chicks hatch fully feathered. They emerge from the nest to feed at about five days old and are never fed by their parents. The Kiwi is flightless and spends its whole life on the ground and sleeps inside a burrow. The Kiwi is strong and can run fast. They eat worms, spiders, grubs and berries. The Kiwi is nocturnal. Kiwi are the only bird to have nostrils at the end of their very long bill. Their nostrils are used to probe in the ground, sniffing out food to eat. They also have one of the largest egg‐to‐body weight ratios of any bird.
The Tokoeka and Rowi are the most endangered of the five species of Kiwi. The Little Spotted is the smallest of Kiwi species and the Great Spotted Kiwi is the largest. The most common breed is the Brown Kiwi.
Kiwi are a significant national icon, equally cherished by all cultures in New Zealand. Kiwi are a symbol for the uniqueness of New Zealand wildlife and the value of our natural heritage. The bird itself is a taonga to Maori, who have strong cultural, spiritual and historic associations with the Kiwi. Its feathers are valued in weaving Kahukiwi (Kiwi Feather Cloak).
Because Kiwi do not fly, their feathers have evolved a unique texture to suit a ground-based lifestyle. They are warm, shaggy and hair-like, hang loose and are much fluffier