In this work I’m going to talk about ‘’The Kiwi Bird’’. You probably think its a fruit but no, is a very important bird in the country of New Zealand, I will talk about its physical characteristics, its importance and because it is in danger of extinction.
1. Research and know what is the Kiwi Bord. 2. Identify the causes of their massive extinctions. 3. The importance of this Bird to New Zealand.
Kiwi are flightless birds, they size is similar to a little chicken. kiwi are by far the smallest living ratites and lay the largest egg in relation to their body size of any species of bird in the world.
New zealand is the home of the Kiwi, is the national symbol and you´ll see it everywhere. In fact, you´´ll see it everywhere except where it should be: In the wild.
Experts estimate that there were once more than 20 million kiwis across New Zealand. The invasion of Human settlers is probably the biggest reason why these birds are endangered.
During the nineteenth century, devastated New Zealand’s native habitat, cutting down trees and clearind land for farming. Europeans also introduces lethal predators such as cats, dogs and rats.
For this reason the lethal predators will kill all young kiwis and have decimated the kiwi population, yet this creatures will began to faces extinction.
In 1994 a campaign was started to save the Kiwi by restoring and protecting native habitats and creating special predator free- areas. This 942-hectare reserve is New Zealand’s national wildlife breeding centre for species in danger of extinction.
This project includes collecting kiwi eggs from the wild to incubate them artificially in captivity. After meeting the six months, Kiwi’s are usually strong enough to defend themselves against predators.
The kiwi as a symbol first appeared in the late 19th century in New Zealand regimental badges. It was later featured in the badges of the South Canterbury Battalion in 1886 and the Hastings Rifle Volunteers in 1887. Soon after, the kiwi appeared in many military badges.
We learned the characteristics of the Kiwi Bird, We could see the reasons for which today the kiwi is in danger of extincion specie, the great rescue program made in the year 1994 and also because it is taken as a national symbol to New Zealand’s country.