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.
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