Did you know?
The Kiwi for Kiwi website is the place to go for all things kiwi. Here's a snippet from their plethora of knowledge:-
Kiwi have many weird and wonderful features thanks to New Zealand's ancient isolation and lack of mammals. It is thought they evolved to occupy a habitat and lifestyle that elsewhere in the world would be filled by a mammal, and their one-off evolutionary design holds all sorts of biological records
Kiwi call at night to mark their territory and stay in touch with their mate. The best time to listen is on a moonless night, up to two hours after dark, and just before dawn. That’s when kiwi stir from their burrows and call to make contact with their partner or family, and to mark their territory.
Deciphering sounds in the night forest can sometimes be confusing. Click here to hear the distinctive calls of a range of kiwi and the nocturnal animals sometimes confused for a kiwi.
What to Listen For
The call of the male kiwi is repetitive and shrill and has 8-25 notes.
The call of the female is a repetitive guttural sound of 10-20 notes.