The specie of the month : the Kiwi

The Kiwi is a bird living in New-Zealand. Because of its atrophied wings, it is not able to fly. But this peculiarity is not a handicap since the kiwi doesn’t have natural terrestrial predators, or should we say didn’t have. The introduction of predators such as rats, ferrets, dogs and opossums is responsible of the decline of kiwi populations. The destruction of its forest habitat for agriculture development is also a serious threat for this bird.

There are actually 5 species of Kiwi! They are all threatened with extinction, except the Owen kiwi which has been reintroduced in some small islands without predators.

North island brown Kiwi