Native birds in New Zealand

 

New Zealand is a beautiful island/ country.  Here are some animals that you only can see there.

Kiwi

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The kiwi is a nocturnal, flightless bird that lives on the forest floor. The kiwi are the only bird to have nostrils at the end of their bill, and forage for food by digging in the earth and smelling it out. The kiwi is the New Zealand national icon. Like eagles to the U.S. They appear on stamps, New Zealand dollar coins, and the logo of New Zealand Rugby League. Often times, New Zealanders call themselves Kiwis.

Weka

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The weka is a cheeky, flightless bird that lives in a range of environments including forests, sand dunes and semi-urban areas. The weka are known to steal food and shiny objects from unwitting campers and travellers, and will eat just about anything.

Kaka

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The Kaka is a lively parrot, with two sub species – one that inhabits the North Island and the other inhabiting the South Island. The kaka make use of their brush tongue, strong bill and feet in obtaining fruit, nectar and seeds.

Kakapo

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The kakapo is a plump, flightless, nocturnal parrot. Unique in many ways, nests on the ground and only breeds every 2 to 4 years.

Albatross

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The albatross is a large seabird that spends most of its life at sea – returning to land only to breed and raise their young. Many albatross species have been brought to near extinction.

When I was visiting there, I only saw a few Albatross, unfortunately. However, I saw pictures of Kiwi and Weka everywhere. New Zealand people really love them.

 

I got this information from the following page,

http://www.lovenewzealand.net.nz/native-animals/

Here are two videos about Kiwis and Kakapo I found on YouTube.

 

 

 

 

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7 Responses to Native birds in New Zealand

  1. Amanda says:

    These birds are adorable! I want one as a pet. I especially loved the Kakapo’s mating dance, it was very funny.

  2. wcturgeon says:

    Apparently there is a huge controversy over trying to save the Kakapo. There are so few left that some argue spending money to save them is wasted and should be spent on species that may have a chance at survival. And yet this is a pretty engaging parrot.

  3. wcturgeon says:

    And this is a pretty weird video about that Kakapo… X-rated.

    • Barbara says:

      oh I am sorry! I saw it on YouTube and it was produced by BBC, so I though it was ok. Would you like me to take it away?

  4. Angela says:

    The birds on this island are so beautiful – it’s a shame some of them are on the decline.

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