Southern brown kiwi

STE­WART IS­LAND NEW ZEALAND

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Rutland Special -

New Zealand’s Ste­wart Is­land is the strong­hold of the coun­try’s na­tional bird, the kiwi. In fact there are six species to be found here, in­clud­ing the en­demic sub­species of the southern brown kiwi or tokoeka. Th­ese bizarre, flight­less crea­tures are the clos­est liv­ing rel­a­tives of the ex­tinct – and even more ex­tra­or­di­nary – ele­phant birds of Mada­gas­car, and it’s said they are eas­ier to see here be­cause they are not purely noc­tur­nal. Some 20,000 were recorded on the is­land in the 2013 cen­sus.

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Ki­wis out­num­ber peo­ple by 50 to one on Stew­ard Is­land.

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