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Kiwi (Order: Apterygiformes)

Elusive Kiwi by The.Rohit, CC BY 2.0

Species and subspecies

Great Spotted Kiwi (Apteryx haastii)
Status/Trend/Population (2008): Vulnerable Down Arrow 5,300-5,400 mature individuals
Threats: Invasive predators; habitat loss

Little Spotted Kiwi (Apteryx owenii)
Status/Trend/Population (2008): Near Threatened Stable Arrow 800 mature individuals
Threats: Though many Little Spotted Kiwi have been transplanted to predator-free islands as part of conservation efforts, they are still susceptible to accidental and deliberate introduction of predators

Okarito Kiwi (Apteryx rowi)
Status/Trend/Population (2009): Critically Endangered teeny bouncing blue question mark 300 individuals
Threats: Invasive predators; habitat fragmentation; vulnerable to immediate extinction in the face of unpredictable events; slow rate of reproduction

Southern Brown Kiwi (Apteryx australis)
Threats: Invasive predators
South Island Brown Kiwi (Apteryx australis australis)
Status/Trend/Population (2008): Vulnerable Down Arrow on South Island; 7,000 individuals / Up Arrow on Haast island; 300 individuals

Stewart Island Brown Kiwi (Apteryx australis lawryi)
Status/Trend/Population (2008): Vulnerable Stable Arrow 20,000 individuals

North Island Brown Kiwi (Apteryx mantelli) (Pictured)
Status/Trend/Population: Endangered Down Arrow 35,000 individuals, needs confirmation
Threats: Invasive predators; habitat fragmentation




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:iconchickencakes:
ChickenCakes Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember there being Kiwis appearing in a Wii game. That's how I found out of these little guys!
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epictoothpaste Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
kiwis are going extinct because they are too adorable for this realm.
many evil doods were confused by them and couldn't comprehend.
the evil doods used invasive species to kill them off and tore up their homes. 
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epictoothpaste Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
SO LETS SAVE THEM NAO!
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HevonenStudios Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love these unique birds! Its really nice of you to try and help these birds and provide information on them, too. Nice job on this! 
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AuthenticPlaid Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love kiwi birds so seeing this stamp kinda killed me a little. I havn't kept up with their population so I didn't even know they were in trouble which isn't very good of me.
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Young-stoaty-chap Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm a New Zealander, and let's just say that not all of us are so very anti-stoat.
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Since when was wanting to save the kiwi considered "anti-stoat?" Stoats don't even belong there, so what's the big deal?
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Young-stoaty-chap Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stoats are superior to kiwi in very way. We must let them rule New Zealand like the gods they are.
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:iconcynpai:
Cynpai Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They're invasive, useless rats that need to be extirpated. End of story.
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Young-stoaty-chap Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They are second only to mankind in greatness. Worship the Stoat! The Stoat is god!
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:iconcynpai:
Cynpai Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:unimpressed:
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Silverwolfumbre Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
What cute little creatures. We need to stop wasting money on those damn red wolves and use them for the kiwis and other endangered creatures!
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:iconcynpai:
Cynpai Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, considering "red wolves" are in North America, and Kiwis are in New Zealand, I don't think you have to worry about where your money is going, lol.
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Silverwolfumbre Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
True XD.
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Wordsarecool Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
As harsh as this may sound, New Zealands current tactics for keeping kiwis from becoming extinct in the wild are not acceptable.

Kiwis are so prone to be killed by stoats and etc, because they never had to deal with land-based predators and never evolved to be resistant to them. New Zealands's solution of erradicating or otherwise aggressively combating the invasive predator population (that never chose to be there in the first place) is just mass killing a bunch of animals in order to prevent another animal from being killed en masse, simply because the bird never evolved to the point were it was safer from them.

Absolutely rediculous..

Just let nature run it's course.
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:iconcynpai:
Cynpai Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When something is your national bird, and the sole surviving species of an entire order of birds, it's highly unlikely that they would simply be allowed to go extinct. Settlers introducing, and ultimately losing control of invasive predators was not the fault of the kiwi. You wanna talk about animals not asking to be in certain places? The kiwi never asked the invasive predators to be there, either. And they shouldn't have to pay the price for not evolving to be suited to conditions unforeseeable to them, that they never would have had to deal with if settlers hadn't screwed up to begin with. Granted, we didn't have sciences dedicated to conservation in that era, but if anything, doing nothing is unacceptable. If an animal is invasive, it doesn't belong there, and it should be removed--end of story.
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Pencilartguy Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
That's sad. I wasn't aware these were endangered. Least I don't recall...
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TrueMefista Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like them
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Ziblink Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The moa: Large flightless bird, enough mea tto feed a family of five for a week, slow moving and easily spotted. Very tasty. Status: Extinct.

The kiwi: Small flightless bird; less meat than a small chicken, and quite stringy. Fast moving and hides in burrows underground. Unremarkable taste.. Status: Endangered.

The pukeko: Small flightless bird; hardly any meat, as tough as old boots. Fast moving and hides\lives in swamps and scrubby land. Tastes like old bots too. Status: Doing rather well.
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Biology 101: Bad taste = survival. :giggle:
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Mutoh Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The unresting spirits of the dodos would like to discord
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I'm really referring to amongst non-human animals. Humans will eat just about anything, lol. The dodo's extinction was a result of man over-hunting it before the creation of sciences dedicated to species protection.
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Mutoh Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alright, you're right :)
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Rejected-Letterbomb Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Doing rather well? More like the wild is overflowing with them, haha!
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Ziblink Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I have an old recipe for pukeko soup; first you take a large stone and put it in a pot of boiling water with the pukeko. Add carrots, onions, stock and potatoes. Boil for six hours. Remove the stone and pukeko. eat whichever is more tender.
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SiogaAgusArrachtaigh Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Kiwis. :heart:
These birds are so weird looking that they're cute. :la:
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WolvenBird Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh man kiwis are the BEST it's a shame they're endangered! :c
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StrawberryR Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:C Poor little Kiwis.

How do we make sure they don't die?
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eliminate their non-native predators--all of which are invasive to New Zealand. Kiwis have actually been transplanted to predator-free islands in New Zealand to ensure their survival, and it's been very promising so far. With the trapping of stoats and hunting of wild hogs, their populations are steadily recovering, for the most part. The biggest threats now, though, are domestic cats and dogs. There was a case in which a dog killed 500 Kiwis in six weeks in the 80's, and dogs are now restricted from being on predator-free islands. It's slightly harder to control cats, though.
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StrawberryR Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
D8 Man, the dog thing is just...holy crap. That dog was busy.

It's good that they're recovering to some extent. :3
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Spark-Blue Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
... Are you sure the pigs are eating the actual birds and not the fruit?
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:iconcynpai:
Cynpai Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm pretty sure, lol.
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Spark-Blue Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't really picture a pig going after a kiwi for food, though. It doesn't seem right to me.
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:iconcynpai:
Cynpai Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wild hogs aren't herbivores, and kiwis are defenseless and flightless. I can totally see it. :c
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Spark-Blue Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhhhh. Sorry, I am just a big dumb.
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Oaglor Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Kiwis eat worms. . .
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Ms-CoffeePixie Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The description says:
Threats: Introduced predators such as pigs, dogs, cats, brush-tailed possum, ferrets, and stoats; habitat loss.
Meaning pigs are likely eating Kiwis.
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Oaglor Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Pigs are omnivores that eat almost anything. What is strange about that?
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Ms-CoffeePixie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yes and your comment had nothing to do with the one you replied to. I figured you'd misunderstood and I was trying to explain it -_-.
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Oaglor Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I do admit that it was indeed a misunderstanding. I figured that what you were thinking was that the pigs were eating all the fruit making the birds starve.
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Berserkeroo Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
One of the cutest birdies on the planet.
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GalacticMuhrine Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
I've always loved these things. It's like their so awkward and ugly you can't help but find them adorable.
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconthisplz:
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coyotewinds Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love kiwis (and pretty much any ratite, haha)! It's sad that they're so rare now.
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WoodLily Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Kiwis. I always thought they were so adorable. It's sad their so rare anymore. By the way are those pigs that are eating them wild? If so what can you do to control the pig population?
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes. All of the Kiwi's predators are invasive species, introduced when Europeans occupied New Zealand. Prior to this, the Kiwi's only natural predator was Haast's Eagle, which is now extinct. There are trapping/hunting programs in place to deal with stoats and wild hogs, and dogs are restricted from many of the predator-free islands. Cats and dogs, however, still prove to be extremely detrimental to the Kiwi population on the mainland.
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WoodLily Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
How did the Haast's Eagle go extinct and what do with the pigs after their captured?
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haast's Eagle went extinct around the beginning of the 1400's. The Māori people overhunted it's main food source, the moa, an also extinct and enormous flightless bird. Here's a taxidermist's reconstruction of Haast's Eagle hunting a moa, just to give you an idea of their size: [link]

The pigs are killed, and presumably eaten. They are, after all, invasive and destructive.
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WoodLily Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
The Haast's Eagle looks like it was a cool looking bird. And I'm gald that the pigs are eaten. I wanna eat some pork and bacon now!
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Malefic-Malafor Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Ah, kiwis... always thought they were interesting little birds. :)
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