Photo of the week: North Island brown kiwi chick

Department of Conservation —  05/10/2016

The kiwi is a unique and curious bird: it cannot fly, has loose, hair-like feathers, strong legs and no tail. Brown kiwi live in the North Island, there are four distinct forms, including the Northland brown kiwi.

This is ‘Fontane D’ a North Island brown kiwi held by volunteer Sue Taylor. Last week, at less than a week old ‘Fontane D’, was moved from a nest in Boundary Stream to the predator-proof PanPac kiwi crèche.

Once chicks weigh between 800g – 1kg, they’re released back into the wild.

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October is save kiwi month, DOC and Kiwis for kiwi have a combined goal to grow our kiwi population by 2% per year and take kiwi from endangered to everywhere!

Everyone can support Save Kiwi Month by joining Kiwis for kiwi’s fundraiser – the Great Kiwi Morning Tea – on Friday 21 October. Get together at school, at work, with friends, neighbours or family to share a morning tea and collect donations.

Photo: Lauren Buchholz

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