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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Raptor claw vs Kiwi claw

Kiwi claw

Raptor claw

Interesting, don't you think?

Kiwis are actually very tough little birds for their size, and highly territorial. They can fight off animals up to cat size, but not dogs. The males are meant to stay at home guarding the egg(s) while the females wander off foraging. But unfortunately kiwi males are notoriously bad dads, resulting in eggs in empty nests being eaten by rats and the like. Combine that with the females laying only two eggs per season (if they're lucky), and it's no wonder even the biggest species (Brown Kiwi - may have been renamed recently) is in trouble. Interestingly kiwi birds thrive in pine forests - plenty of small insects for them to eat and few predators to eat their eggs.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 11/02/2005 10:47:00 PM


Blogger Murray said...

The little buggers can ruck the hell out of you too when you pick them up.

Always grab the legs first.

11/03/2005 01:38:00 AM  

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