July 8, 2014 - Southern Brown Kiwi, Tokoeka, or Common Kiwi (Apteryx australis)

Requested by: gepwin

Kiwis are ratites (in the same family as ostriches and emus) found only in New Zealand. They eat mostly worms and other invertebrates, doing most of their foraging at night. Kiwis have a highly developed sense of smell. Their nostrils are on the tip of their beaks which helps them to find food by scent alone. The Southern Brown Kiwi is classified as Vulnerable, mostly because of predation from introduced species such as dogs, ferrets, stoats, and Brush-tailed Possums.


A kiwibeest, the same species the Kakapo was giving a pet.

She has a bell!


The kiwi is a flightless bird endemic to New Zealand

Discovered in the early 19th century, the kiwi is about the size of a domestic chicken and it is known for laying the largest eggs - in proportion to body size - of any known bird, with the eggs comprising as much as 1/4 of the female’s mass. They have thin, hair-like feathers covering their body and bristly vibrissae around the gape which, along with large nostrils near the tip of their beaks, aid kiwis with the search for insects and small amphibians (their main food sources).

Image taken from ‘A History of the Birds of New Zealand’, illustrated by John Gerrard Keulemans


the skelleton of a kiwi bird


roses are red

violets are blue

like kiwis on stairs

i’m falling for you


my first 3D sculpture! he’s a little rough as I’ve only been working with blender for 3 days. but ahh he’s so cute!! he just looks so eager to sniff everything


oh my i haven’t posted much lately so here are more strawberry kiwis


first 100: message me if you want your individual one!

in alphabetical order:

2700lagostasajhapner, alicethelittleone, allieverwantisicecream, always-on-an-unexpected-journey, ambiguousfairytales, ana-droid, arresting-the-restlessartiofabula, ashpocalypse-nowaspiring-human-being, astothialo, atmosgreet, atomic-demonicattack-on-titianaausserirdiches, automaticwoman, awildtara, bandit-queen-chaos, bartallenisflawless, beau-oui, bigbuttjackson, biggerteeth, blame-it-on-the-cactus-juice, bluetonium, brittanyblueberry, bruissementsalteres, bulbaswear, camjxerxes, carbodiem, catsallovertheworld, chibree, christmas-sweats, cinnamonshame, classygold, countess-bathory, dalliance-queen, daltonsleftside, dancerteen16, dancing-like-we-are-human, danceswithphantoms, darthxochitl, dat-book-gurl, davidbowieismyhusband, daydreamsofpossibilities, degari, delacruzlandry, developingurl, dicktrance, diedamedersheeplings, dirk-strider-prince-of-dicks, disobeying-gravity, distriburritor, dontletmegowithoutafight, drwholockd, eatsleepmusic-life, eggbunnie, elvadine-00, evaq61, fagatron-man, fairandcruel, fakingl0ry, faundelibre, fellowship-of-the-fabulous, flyawaypuppet, folkcrustforever, foreveraregularfrankiefan, frank-n-stardust, freckledglowcloud, freeghandiquotes, fullmetaltardis-at-221b, g0ldenbae, gacatail, genderinflux, gentleyeti, giana-no, goodnightoldsport, -hadalittlelamb, hannahlrnao, harlotsandfandoms, harrietalmighty, heatrug, heavyhuntr, hippieinnuendo, hisexistingmemory, hopelesslylostperson, houseparagade, how-come-i-dont-have-a-fandom, hugsforderekhale, humorsorousrex, icycoolcatz, imcoldanditstired, imnotascoolasyouthink, imnotstudying, insideageniusmind, insomniaticritski


Wait but are kiwi birds called kiwis bc they look like the fruit or are kiwi fruits called kiwi bc they look like the bird?

As far as names go, the kiwifruit originated in china and was called yáng táo, meaning “sunny peach”. When New Zealanders found it, they started calling it the Chinese Gooseberry, but an importer during WWII rejected the name because berries were more expensive to ship due to fees. They began calling it the kiwifruit after the beloved little kiwi bird. 

le animalé doodles - Le Generous Kiwi Totem



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