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post #21 of 32
Very interesting!
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Owner of 6 rabbits, 5 hens, an Anole, and a Frog My hens:Dipsy the Polish, Doodle the Orpington, Raven the Silkie, Tulip and Opal, the Easter Egger bantam buddies, and a Turken who is yet to be named~
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” - Buddha
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post #22 of 32
Oops. lol.png Well, they're in the same area of the globe, right..? hide.gif



Since 2006, Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare Group has employed the services of Maremma guard dogs in their efforts to save a colony of little blue penguins (Eudyptula minor) on Middle Island off the coast of Australia. The penguin colony had declined drastically from 600 birds in 2000 to less than 10 birds in 2005.

The Maremma dogs, brought in at the suggestion of a local chicken farmer, have turned things around. In 2011 the colony is estimated to have increased to about 180 penguins and is expected to continue to grow, given continued protection from predation by their guard dogs.


I went ahead and included a picture because these guys are also on New Zealand's shores. smile.png


Apart from Little Penguins, they have several common names. In Australia, they are also referred to as Fairy Penguins because of their tiny size. In New Zealand, they are also called Little Blue Penguins, or just Blue Penguins, owing to their slate-blue plumage, and they are called Kororā in Māori.

* Kristin, AKA Pipd - Chicken Lady since 2005

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My Birds:

34 happy hens, 11 goofy Guineas, and Po the Cochin cockerel!

The Old Girls - Comets - Golden Sebrights - Silver Sebrights - Merl and the Wyandottes

Freema and the Barred Rocks - Betty and the Easter-eggers - Frou-Frou and The Fab Five - Te Heihei

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* Kristin, AKA Pipd - Chicken Lady since 2005

Indiana BYCers ~ Chicken First Aid Kit ~

.

My Birds:

34 happy hens, 11 goofy Guineas, and Po the Cochin cockerel!

The Old Girls - Comets - Golden Sebrights - Silver Sebrights - Merl and the Wyandottes

Freema and the Barred Rocks - Betty and the Easter-eggers - Frou-Frou and The Fab Five - Te Heihei

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post #23 of 32
I've heard about these guys! They are so adorable!
Owner of 6 rabbits, 5 hens, an Anole, and a Frog My hens:Dipsy the Polish, Doodle the Orpington, Raven the Silkie, Tulip and Opal, the Easter Egger bantam buddies, and a Turken who is yet to be named~
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” - Buddha
I am the queen of the diamondback terrapins!
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Owner of 6 rabbits, 5 hens, an Anole, and a Frog My hens:Dipsy the Polish, Doodle the Orpington, Raven the Silkie, Tulip and Opal, the Easter Egger bantam buddies, and a Turken who is yet to be named~
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” - Buddha
I am the queen of the diamondback terrapins!
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post #24 of 32
How about a big post about the various Kiwi species? smile.png Everything is from Wikipedia (except the picture of the Okarito Kiwi). This is just what I found interesting.


General info about Kiwis:

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 of any species of bird in the world. There are five recognised species, two of which are currently vulnerable, one of which is endangered, and one of which is critically endangered. All species have been adversely affected by historic deforestation but currently large areas of their forest habitat are well protected in reserves and national parks. At present, the greatest threat to their survival is predation by invasive mammalian predators.

Their adaptation to a terrestrial life is extensive: like all ratites they have no keel on the breastbone to anchor wing muscles, and barely any wings. The vestiges are so small that they are invisible under the bristly, hair-like, two-branched feathers. While most adult birds have bones with hollow insides to minimise weight and make flight practicable, kiwi have marrow, like mammals and the young of other birds. With no constraints on weight due to flight requirements, Brown Kiwi females carry and lay a single egg which may weigh as much as 450 g (16 oz). Like most other ratites, they have no preen gland. Their bill is long, pliable and sensitive to touch, and their eyes have a reduced pecten. Their feathers lack barbules, and aftershafts, and they have large vibrissae around the gape. They have 13 flight feathers, no tail, just a small pygostyle.

Kiwi are shy and usually nocturnal. Their mostly nocturnal habits may be a result of habitat intrusion by predators, including humans. In areas of New Zealand where introduced predators have been removed, such as sanctuaries, kiwi are often seen in daylight.





(Teeny tiny picture, but it was all I could find.)

The Okarito Kiwi (Apteryx rowi) also known as the Rowi or Okarito Brown Kiwi, is a member of the Kiwi family Apterygidae, described as new to science in 2003. The species is part of the Brown Kiwi complex, and is morphologically very similar to other members of that complex. It is found in a restricted area of the Okarito forest on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, and has a population of about only 300 birds. Some Okarito Brown Kiwis may live up to 100 years.





The Great Spotted Kiwi, Great Gray Kiwi, or Roroa (Apteryx haastii). As a member of the Ratites, it is flightless. It is the largest of the kiwi. The rugged topography and harsh climate of the high altitude, alpine, part of its habitat render it inhospitable to a number of introduced mammalian predators, which include dogs, ferrets, cats and stoats. Because of this, populations of this species have been less seriously affected by the predations of these invasive species compared to other Kiwi. Nonetheless, there has been a 43% decline in population in the past 45 years, due to these predators and habitat destruction. This has led it to be classified as vulnerable. There are less than 16,000 Great Spotted Kiwis in total, almost all in the more mountainous parts of northwest Nelson, the northwest coast, and the Southern Alps.






The Little Spotted Kiwi or Little Gray Kiwi, Apteryx owenii, a small species of kiwi originally from New Zealand's South Island (they used to live near Marlborough and where Tokoeka currently live). Around 1890 to 1910 a population of them was trans-located to Kapiti Island for conservation purposes. Little Spotted Kiwis are the smallest species of kiwi, at about 0.9–1.9 kg (2.0–4.2 lb), about the size of a bantam.

As the smallest species of kiwi, the Little Spotted Kiwi would be very vulnerable to the main kiwi predators like cats, dogs, and stoats, however the Little Spotted Kiwi is now restricted to several off-shore island reserves (mainly Kapiti Island). The Little Spotted Kiwi's conservation status is listed as 'Range Restricted' (by 'Save The Kiwi'), with a growing population. Formerly classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN, it was suspected to be more numerous than generally assumed. Following the evaluation of its population size, this was found to be correct, and it is consequently downlisted to Near Threatened status in 2008 as, although not rare, its small range puts it at risk.




File source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tokoeka.jpg

The Southern Brown Kiwi, Tokoeka, or Common kiwi, Apteryx australis. Until 2000 it was considered conspecific with the North Island Brown Kiwi, and still is by some authorities.

Southern Brown Kiwi communicate vocally to aid in defending their territory. They will also sing duets with each other, with the female shrill "kee-wee" or "kee-kee" and the males hoarse " kurr kurr". Males are more vocal and they both call in an upright position with their legs stretched out and their bill pointing up.






The North Island Brown Kiwi (Apteryx mantelli; Apteryx australis or Apteryx bulleri as before 2000, still used in some sources), is a species of kiwi that is widespread in the northern two-thirds of the North Island of New Zealand and, with about 35000 remaining, is the most common kiwi.

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Indiana BYCers ~ Chicken First Aid Kit ~

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My Birds:

34 happy hens, 11 goofy Guineas, and Po the Cochin cockerel!

The Old Girls - Comets - Golden Sebrights - Silver Sebrights - Merl and the Wyandottes

Freema and the Barred Rocks - Betty and the Easter-eggers - Frou-Frou and The Fab Five - Te Heihei

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* Kristin, AKA Pipd - Chicken Lady since 2005

Indiana BYCers ~ Chicken First Aid Kit ~

.

My Birds:

34 happy hens, 11 goofy Guineas, and Po the Cochin cockerel!

The Old Girls - Comets - Golden Sebrights - Silver Sebrights - Merl and the Wyandottes

Freema and the Barred Rocks - Betty and the Easter-eggers - Frou-Frou and The Fab Five - Te Heihei

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post #25 of 32

So cute! Very interesting!

Owner of 6 rabbits, 5 hens, an Anole, and a Frog My hens:Dipsy the Polish, Doodle the Orpington, Raven the Silkie, Tulip and Opal, the Easter Egger bantam buddies, and a Turken who is yet to be named~
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” - Buddha
I am the queen of the diamondback terrapins!
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Owner of 6 rabbits, 5 hens, an Anole, and a Frog My hens:Dipsy the Polish, Doodle the Orpington, Raven the Silkie, Tulip and Opal, the Easter Egger bantam buddies, and a Turken who is yet to be named~
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” - Buddha
I am the queen of the diamondback terrapins!
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post #26 of 32

NZ Fantail

Australian Crested Grebe

Paradise Duck

Pukeko

Fiordland Crested Penguin

Owner of 6 rabbits, 5 hens, an Anole, and a Frog My hens:Dipsy the Polish, Doodle the Orpington, Raven the Silkie, Tulip and Opal, the Easter Egger bantam buddies, and a Turken who is yet to be named~
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” - Buddha
I am the queen of the diamondback terrapins!
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Owner of 6 rabbits, 5 hens, an Anole, and a Frog My hens:Dipsy the Polish, Doodle the Orpington, Raven the Silkie, Tulip and Opal, the Easter Egger bantam buddies, and a Turken who is yet to be named~
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” - Buddha
I am the queen of the diamondback terrapins!
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post #27 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by shadow rabbit10 View Post

NZ Fantail



Oh, my, it's adorable! I must find out more! lol.png

* Kristin, AKA Pipd - Chicken Lady since 2005

Indiana BYCers ~ Chicken First Aid Kit ~

.

My Birds:

34 happy hens, 11 goofy Guineas, and Po the Cochin cockerel!

The Old Girls - Comets - Golden Sebrights - Silver Sebrights - Merl and the Wyandottes

Freema and the Barred Rocks - Betty and the Easter-eggers - Frou-Frou and The Fab Five - Te Heihei

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* Kristin, AKA Pipd - Chicken Lady since 2005

Indiana BYCers ~ Chicken First Aid Kit ~

.

My Birds:

34 happy hens, 11 goofy Guineas, and Po the Cochin cockerel!

The Old Girls - Comets - Golden Sebrights - Silver Sebrights - Merl and the Wyandottes

Freema and the Barred Rocks - Betty and the Easter-eggers - Frou-Frou and The Fab Five - Te Heihei

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post #28 of 32

Oh my. These birds are incredible! I'm going for a walk right now with my grandparents at the local Audubon to see what birds I see... But I wish I could see some of these!

"The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, and I must follow, if I can, pursuing it with eager feet, until it joins some larger way where many paths and errands meet. And wither then? I cannot say." -Bilbo.

 

"Hello, I'm the Doctor. Basically, RUN!"

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"The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, and I must follow, if I can, pursuing it with eager feet, until it joins some larger way where many paths and errands meet. And wither then? I cannot say." -Bilbo.

 

"Hello, I'm the Doctor. Basically, RUN!"

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post #29 of 32

Has anyone ever seen those birds related to chickens with the rainbow colored combs and wattles? I saw them a little while back, but forget what they were called. Anyway, they are really cool!

"The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, and I must follow, if I can, pursuing it with eager feet, until it joins some larger way where many paths and errands meet. And wither then? I cannot say." -Bilbo.

 

"Hello, I'm the Doctor. Basically, RUN!"

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"The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, and I must follow, if I can, pursuing it with eager feet, until it joins some larger way where many paths and errands meet. And wither then? I cannot say." -Bilbo.

 

"Hello, I'm the Doctor. Basically, RUN!"

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post #30 of 32
Yes! I can't recall the name though... They are awesome!
Owner of 6 rabbits, 5 hens, an Anole, and a Frog My hens:Dipsy the Polish, Doodle the Orpington, Raven the Silkie, Tulip and Opal, the Easter Egger bantam buddies, and a Turken who is yet to be named~
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” - Buddha
I am the queen of the diamondback terrapins!
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Owner of 6 rabbits, 5 hens, an Anole, and a Frog My hens:Dipsy the Polish, Doodle the Orpington, Raven the Silkie, Tulip and Opal, the Easter Egger bantam buddies, and a Turken who is yet to be named~
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” - Buddha
I am the queen of the diamondback terrapins!
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