Introduction

The smallest and once the commonest kiwi is vulnerable to stoats at all stages of its life.

Highlights

New Zealand status: Endemic
Threat status:
Recovering
Population: 1,400
Found in:
Kapiti Island
Threats: Predation

The little spotted kiwi (Apteryx owenii) is the only species to become extinct on the mainland. The population strong-hold of 1,400 birds is on Kapiti Island, to where a small number were translocated in the early 20th century. Through more recent successful translocations, little spotted kiwi are also now found on several other predator-free offshore islands and in the Zealandia Sanctuary, Wellington.

Adventurous and raring to go, little spotted kiwi chicks leave home to feed themselves when just 5-7 days old. However, the male parent does stay near the young chick and both return to the nest burrow to sleep for up to 60 days after hatching.

Little spotted kiwi, Otorohonga Wildlife Trust. Photo copyright: Tui De Roy / Roving Tortoise Photos www.tuideroy.com. DOC USE ONLY.
Little spotted kiwi, Otorohonga Wildlife Trust

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