Mounted Brown Kiwi Specimens; Apteryx mantelli; 2005/258.1-2
Mounted Brown Kiwi SpecimensTaxonomic Classification
Apteryx mantelliAbout this object
This pair of taxidermy brown kiwi specimens is made up of a male (2002/258.1) and female (2002.258.2). Female kiwis are larger than males and have a longer beak. The male specimen is mounted in a walking position with its head raised, while the female is standing with her head looking down to the right. Both have wispy brown feathers, which are darker and more varied in shade on the body than on the thighs, neck, and head. They also have long, whisker-like feathers on their heads.
There are several species of brown kiwi now known from different parts of New Zealand. It is unknown which occurred in the South Canterbury area, but it had disappeared before European settlement. These specimens are actually North Island brown kiwis.
Kiwis are ground-dwelling birds and feed upon small insects and other invertebrates found on and under the forest floor. They are active at night, and use their keen sense of smell to locate their prey. Females lay very large eggs in proportion to their size and chicks hatch out fully-feathered, ready to face life on the ground.
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