The main threat to the kiwi are the following animals: stoats, possums, ferrets, feral cats, but also larger predators such as pigs and dogs. Young kiwi leave the nest when they are only 3 weeks of age, weighing approximately 200 g. They are slow, small amd very few manage to survive the journey from birth.
It’s also difficult until they get the critical size that allows them to face their predators. When humans destroyed forests and introduced predators, endangered the lives of these creatures. Nonetheless, humans are also their greatest hope as we can still do something for them.
Curiosities about these creatures:
- a great sense of smell
- could pass for mammal as has hair-like feathers and long whiskey, it cannot lfy and it burrows in the ground
- huge eggs
- the smallest living memebr of the ratite family, including emus and ostriches
- live in pairs as monogamous couples for most their lives
- sometimes, the male does most of the incubating of the eggs
- sex role reversal: the female is bigger and dominates the male
- it takes up to 80 days to hatch the eggs
It’s interesting that the bonds between a female and a male can last to even 30 years and about every thrid day, a pair will shelter in the same burrow together. The relationships is more physical and volatile and during the night the two partners are looking for food or are patrolling their territory.
Plus, they will also perform duets, this being a way they call each other. The female has a lower hoarser call than the male and although it doesn’t seem surprising, the bond is long lasting.