The kiwi bird is a flightless and nocturnal bird, featuring a long and thin peak which is only one-third the length of its body, so this animal looks very interesting, being the only bird with this feature. Its feathers are thick brown hair-like and such an animal has suffered many special adaptations throughout time, being called a genetic leftover. This is due to the fact that these bird hasn’t evolved too much, being about 8 million years old, meaning that is 7 million years older then humans. Such a bird species has been safe due to New Zealand’s isolated environment, being safe from its enemies, so it didn’t need too many adaptations. Its long and thick peak helps this bird to dig for worms. Nonetheless, such a bird doesn’t use its eyesight to hunt, but its sense of smell, using its nostrils on its beak to find food. It means that this bird is almost blind, being able to see about six feet at night and about two feet during the day.
This creature is unique also because it lay eggs the size of ostrich eggs. Its eggs are the largest in the world compared to its body size and weigh about a pond each. Its name comes after its shrill cry “kee-wee kee-wee”, but today, this fascinating bird is endangered by massive deforestations and pollution.
People have destroyed its natural habitat, so the kiwi bird is now more exposed to its hunters. Kiwi bird babies are also endangered as they have no more great places to hide from their enemies. These are huge problems that have to be solved, else if this bird will extinct. This animal is now one of the rarest in the world and also New Zealand’s national icon and unofficial national emblem. New Zealanders have been nicknamed “Kiwis” since the World War I. Saving this bird from extinction is a major concern for all New Zealanders, not just for scientists and conservationists because this bird is a part of the natural heritage of this country. People can save the bird by making donations and join kiwi conservation communities, volunteer their time to local kiwi projects, drive carefully at night, watching for kiwi on roads, avoid taking their dogs into kiwi areas, so there are many things that they can do to prevent this bird extinction from happening.