New Zealand's Natural Cover Kiwi


The Kiwi is found only in New Zealand. It is a semi-nocturnal, secretive bird and few New Zealanders have seen their national bird in the wild. It is about the size of a chicken and quite awkward looking but can outrun a human and defends well with its sharp claws. Kiwis had no natural predators and although their feathers were valued by the Maori for cloaks and other decorative uses the effect on the overall population was insignificant.

Introduced predation such as bush clearing, opossum traps and vehicles have contributed to their decline. However the kiwi has fared better than many native species and as long as suitable habitat is set aside and they are left undisturbed their survival should be assured, protected by their natural cover.

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