The Kiwi

SeeMore-Sights-WellingtonWe have caught a short flight from Australia to New Zealand. It is a small island that is southeast of the island continent. ┬áThis is almost as good as it gets – New Zealand is an absolutely beautiful place. There are some strange facts though about this place. Did you know that there are more sheep than humans here? For every ONE person, there are NINE sheep. Crazy, huh? Also, Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand, is the southern most capital city in the world (we are low on the globe!) AND – this place was the last place on earth to be called ‘home’ by humans!

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The mascot for New Zealand is just the cutest little thing you ever did see. It is called the Kiwi. Now I know what you are thinking and no, it is not a fruit; it is a bird.


Curious as to what they sound like?

SeeMore-Sights---Kiwi-StampHe is small, like a chicken, and cannot fly. What they do well though is smell. That is weird considering that most birds do not have a sense of smell.

Here are some cool Kiwi facts:

When a male finds a female, they live together until death;

The Kiwi can live up to 40 years;

He is mainly nocturnal (that means he sleeps during the day and is active at night)’

They often eat small invertebrates, seeds, grubs, and many varieties of worms, as well as fruit, small crayfish, eels and amphibians;

The plural of kiwi is kiwi, not kiwis;

The Kiwi is so popular that in 1900, New Zealand put it on a stamp!


SeeMore Sights, Fact of the Day

SeeMore-Sights---Kiwi-01Did you know that most birds have little or no sense of smell? Of course you did – I just told you up there. The kiwi though, compensates for its poor vision with highly developed senses of smell and touch.

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