25th November 2019

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Can kiwi birds fly?

Kiwi are flightless – their Latin species name is Apteryx, which means wingless. They belong to an ancient group of birds that can't fly – the ratites. Because they can't fly, how they arrived in New Zealand is not completely clear.

Similarly, you may ask, are Kiwi birds aggressive?

Kiwi are feisty and aggressive. Some people think kiwi are timid and shy – in fact, they are super strong, territorial and can be extremely bad tempered. Adult birds use their razor-sharp claws as weapons and a couple of slashes can draw blood.

Is a kiwi bird extinct?

Not extinct

How long can kiwi live for?

Kiwis are relatively long - lived birds. Branding studies have not been going long enough to give a good indication of life expectancy, but 20 - 30 years is probable. Several brown and little spotted kiwis have lived in captivity for 20 years or more and one North Island brown is approaching 40.
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