Brown Kiwi Courtship Spectacle – Wild New Zealand – BBC Earth


It’s the dead of night In the prime evil New Zealand forest and something is stirring. About the size and weight of a stout chicken, the Brown Kiwi is closely related to the Ostrich. In this intimate footage a female Kiwi is heard singing an alluring serenade, so love must be in the air.

Taken From Wild New Zealand

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  1. "Try to imagine yourself in a New Zealand forest
    You get your first look at this "half foot turkey" as you enter a clearing
    He moves like a bird, lightly, bobbing his head. And you keep still because you think that maybe his visual acuity is based on movement like T-Rex, he'll lose you if you don't move.
    But no, not the kiwi.
    You stare at him, and he just stares right back.

    And that's when the attack comes.

    Not from the front, but from behind, from the other kiwi you didn't even know were there. Because Kiwi's a pack hunter, you see, he uses coordinated attack patterns and he is out in force today. And he slashes at you with this- a one-and-a-half-inch beak, like a razor, in the middle of his face. He doesn't bother to bite your jugular like a lion, oh no… He slashes at you here, [makes slashing motions below the child's ankle] or here… [below the knee] Or maybe even taps you here, right on the behind

    The point is… you are alive when they start to eat you.
    So you know…
    try to show a little respect."

  2. I have yet to find a documentary snippet video without boring and sexist comparisons of human and animal male female relationships in the comment section. Seriously. What is wrong with you people.

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