Kiwi – Apterygiformes
H 20.48 in. x W 18.51 in. x D 7.88 in.
H 52 cm x W 47 cm x D 20 cm
Kiwi are flightless birds endemic to New Zealand, in the genus Apteryx and family Apterygidae. At around the size of a domestic chicken, Kiwi are by far the smallest living Ratites and lay the largest egg in relation to their body size. Kiwi are shy and usually nocturnal. Kiwi have a highly developed sense of smell, unusual in a bird, and are the only birds with nostrils at the end of their long beak. Kiwi eat small invertebrates, seeds, grubs, worms, fruit, small crayfish, eels and amphibians. Because their nostrils are located at the end of their long beaks, Kiwi can locate insects and worms underground without actually seeing or feeling them, due to their keen sense of smell. Once bonded, a male and female kiwi tend to live their entire lives as a monogamous couple. During the mating season, June to March, the pair call to each other at night, and meet in the nesting burrow every three days. These relationships may last for up to 20 years. The Kiwi and its egg are antique pieces the case and its paper decoration have been custom-made.