Kiwi chick hatches in New Zealand

This is a video from New Zealand about the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust.

From Wildlife Extra:

First 2008 Kiwi chick hatches at Maungatautari

Weighing in at 307grams with dark brown feathers the Maungatautari project‘s first kiwi chick for 2008 has hatched.

September 2008. Kiwi pair Robin and Horokio kicked off this year’s breeding season by laying two fertile eggs. In early August Robin’s egg timer transmitter indicated that he was incubating an egg, however when the Maungatautari Trust team arrived to candle the egg (check for development) they found two!

Artifical hatching

North Island brown kiwi have been known to lay two eggs in one clutch, however both eggs are not always fertile,” said Maungatautari Trust ecologist Mr Chris Smuts-Kennedy. …

The Maungatautari Trust aims to eradicate all 15 introduced mammalian pest species from the 3,400 hectares of native forest on Maungatautari – an extinct volcano in the central North Island of New Zealand. To-date two enclosures (65ha and 35ha) have been declared pest free with only small numbers of rabbits, hares, goats and mice detected on the remaining 3,300 hectares. Takahe, kiwi, kaka and kokopu have been reintroduced to the pest free areas.

First kiwi chick of 2008 released onto Maungatautari Ecological Reserve: here.

Maungatautari kiwi calling for mates as the mating season starts: here.

Keas and Snares crested penguins of New Zealand: here.

Kea (Nestor notabilis) consider spatial relationships between objects in the support problem: here.

Annual, sexual, size- and condition-related variation in the colour and fluorescent pigment content of yellow crest-feathers in Snares Penguins (Eudyptes robustus): here.

1 thought on “Kiwi chick hatches in New Zealand

  1. Extinct penguin species discovered

    ABC – November 19, 2008, 1:04 pm

    A new report has found penguin colonies could decline rapidly with climate change. WWF © [Enlarge photo]

    Scientists from the University of Adelaide are part of a team which has discovered evidence of a penguin species that lived in New Zealand 500 years ago.

    It was thought the rare yellow-eyed penguin was the only species to dominate the country, but testing of ancient fossils revealed a different type of penguin was there first.

    Senior research associate Jeremy Austin says the yellow-eyed species must have caused the other species to become extinct.

    He says the finding could open the doors to more discoveries of extinct species.

    “It’s a pretty amazing find and it really does sort of highlight you know the importance sometimes of using DNA to identify things that you don’t necessarily always see, just looking at the bones themselves,” he said.

    “It also indicates that certain species can take advantage of another species going extinct, so it does sort of alter the way we think about the way extinction affects ecosystems and animal communities.

    “In some cases, some species can actually benefit.”

    See also here.


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