Creature Clip: Rowi Kiwi
Watch Joel Sartore's photoshoot with the rowi kiwi, a rare flightless bird that lives in New Zealand. Watch the final episode of RARE: Creatures of the Photo Ark Tuesday, August 1 at 9/8C.
- [Leith] Stand up, honey.
- [Narrator] Kiwi are flightless,
and they're the only bird in the world
to have adapted nostrils at the end of their bill.
It helps them smell and feel for food underground.
Their long beaks tap the ground,
probing for and retrieving insects.
Their feathers are built for a ground game, as well.
Loose and less aerodynamic than their flying relatives,
kiwi plumage looks more like fur than feather.
- It worked out, Leith.
- [Leith] Awesome.
- [Narrator] But focusing on the forest floor
and not being able to fly has cost them in the long run.