OUTLINE General facts Kiwi’s habitat. Where the Kiwi is found? What dangers the Kiwi’s habitat? Who are the Kiwi’s enemies and what threat do they cause? How can we show Kaitiakitanga to make sure that Kiwi’s don’t become endangered/extinct?
General facts Kiwi’s are a flightless bird There are five different species of Kiwis ( North island Brown Kiwi, Okarita Brown Kiwi, Stewrat Island Brown Kiwi, Haast Brown Kiwi, and the Little Spotted Kiwi) They weigh up to 3kg Eat seeds, grubs and fruit They can live up to 30 years
Kiwi’s habitatKiwi live mainly in native forest, but they are also found in pine forests, sub-alpine tussock, scrub and rough farmland.
Where Kiwi’s are found · The Haast Brown is found in the rugged mountains behind Haast. They spend their summers in the high sub-alpine tussock grasslands, but probably retreat to the lowland forests in the winter. Some have been found living in burrows in the snow. The Little Spotted Kiwi, which were once common in the South Island, are now extinct on the mainland but survive on some offshore islands, and in the Kaori Kiwi Reserve, in Wellington.
Where Kiwi’s are found The North Island Brown is found in native forests, pockets of bush, pine forests, and scrub country. The Great Spotted is found only in the South Island, predominantly in North West Nelson, Central Westland and Eastern Canterbury, where they live mainly in high, often harsh, hill country. They appear to prefer wet, mossy, sub-alpine vegetation. The Okarito Brown Kiwi, living in lowland forest just north of Franz Josef in the South Island.
What endangers the Kiwi’shabitat? Loss of habitat is due to deforestation and destruction of large tracts of native bush is also endangering the kiwi. Not only does this threaten its food sources, but deforestation means the kiwi has fewer places to hide from its many predators.
The Kiwi’s enemies and whatthreat do they cause? The biggest enemies of kiwi are dogs, feral cats and other imported pets including the stoat, of all things, as well as ferrets.
How can we show Kaitiakitanga tomake sure that Kiwi’s don’t becomeendangered/extinct? Not allow our dogs of the lead where Kiwi’s live. Donate money so wild cats can be de-sexed. Stop chopping down our forests. Trap stoats in Kiwi protected areas. Create more national parks.