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20 Facts About The Adorably Odd Kiwi Bird

Kiwi birds are vastly underrated. They are the cutest, most interesting bird out there and here's why

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1. To get things started, just look how cute this little guy is! Kiwi birds are just adorable little derps

2. As their name suggests, kiwi birds look like walking kiwi fruits!

3. Kiwis are flightless birds, but that doesn't stop them from getting around!

4. Kiwi birds lay the largest eggs relative to their body size of any bird in the world...ouch

Can you imagine if humans had babies as big as their body?
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Can you imagine if humans had babies as big as their body?

5. Kiwi birds are native to New Zealand and are the national bird, leading to New Zealanders being known as "Kiwis"

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6. Unfortunately these cuties are endangered due to reduced habitats along with natural predators and human hunting

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7. Since 1991, New Zealand has made efforts to regrow the Kiwi population and give them safe habitats

8. Kiwi birds are nocturnal, preferring to forage at night.

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This guy is feeling it

9. Kiwis are the only bird in the world that have external nostrils at the tip of their beak. This helps them sniff for worms to eat!

10. Kiwi birds have really fluffy, hair-like feathers that help them camouflage in the woods. They also make them SO SOFT

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I want to pet one so bad

11. Very rarely, kiwi birds can be born all white due to a recessive gene- this is not the same as albinism, and its extremely cute

12. One of the Kiwi's biggest natural predators is the Stoat, a weasel-like critter that unfortunately likes the taste of Kiwi bird

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I'm conflicted because these guys are cute too?!

13. Due to their many differences from most birds, Kiwis are sometimes referred to as "honorary mammals"

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14. The Maori of New Zealand used to hunt Kiwi for their meat and soft feathers, but only when necessary because they believed Kiwi were protected by Tane Mahuta- God of the forest.

This Kiwi feather cloak actually looks pretty comfortable...
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This Kiwi feather cloak actually looks pretty comfortable...

15. Kiwis are super faithful- they generally have a single mate for 20 or more years!

Nice family portrait
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Nice family portrait

16. Their scientific name is "Apteryx" or in Japan, "Kiwi-Chan"

17. Kiwi birds have great memory- they can remember events from at least five years past!

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"Yeah, I got a good memory, deal with it"

18. Kiwi eggs are 65% yolk. This gives Kiwi chicks enough nutrients that they hatch fully feathered and independent.

View this video on YouTube

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Cute but kinda gross!

19. The Kiwi bird's image is used in many parts of New Zealand culture, from coins to candy to their Air force logo. Yes, a flightless bird is the Air Force icon.

20. The French railway company, SNCF, had a Kiwi themed discount card called the "Carte Kiwi". They made this rather terrifying commercial for it in the 80's.

View this video on YouTube

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21. BONUS: This adorable animation about a Kiwi bird that wants to fly

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I cry everytime

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