||Little spotted kiwi
(Apteryx owenii) Kiwi-pukupuku
The smallest kiwi, and now extinct on the mainland due to predation pressure and loss of habitat. These two birds are a pair photographed on Kapiti Island by kiwi researcher Rogan Coulbourne. Pairs hold territories all year round and often share burrows. For many years they were confined to Kapiti Island but transfers to other islands have increased their chances of survival. Recently little spotted kiwi were reintroduced to a mainland island in Wellington city where they are protected by a predator-proof fence.
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