Today I found an amazing story about a little bird. A flightless bird. The KIWI bird. Searching for information about Kiwis I found out that they are so unique in many ways I wanted to share it with you.
First of all they are the smallest cousins of emu and a distant cousin of ostrich.
They are unique considering the size of the egg they are laying – almost six times bigger than a normal hen egg.
Kiwi have a highly developed sense of smell, unusual in a bird, and are the only birds with nostrils at the end of their long beak.
Once bonded, a male and female kiwi tend to live their entire lives as a monogamous couple. From June to March the pair call to each other at night, and meet in the nesting burrow every three days. These relationships may last for up to 20 years.
They are unique among other birds in that they have a functioning pair of ovaries.
And they are flightless. Like other flightless birds (penguins, emus, australian cormorants, and others) they must survive only on the ground which is kind of harsh.
Makes you wonder: why be a bird if you can’t fly?
I think that their lifetime dream is to fly!