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2014-09-16 12:35:31

-- Company announces launch of three new brands, a new partnership with Highlights for Children, and expanded retail distribution -- MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Kids creativity company Kiwi Crate is extending its leadership in designing and delivering products and experiences for young makers. With the launch of three new brands that triple its addressable age range, as well as the nationwide distribution of its kits at Target stores and the introduction of its first...

Forty Percent Of Studied Penguins Synchronized Underwater Movements While Foraging
2014-08-15 03:55:24

PLOS Most little penguins may search for food in groups, and even synchronize their movements during foraging trips, according to a study published August 13, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Maud Berlincourt and John Arnould from Deakin University in Australia. Little penguins are the smallest penguin species and they live exclusively in southern Australia, New Zealand, and the Chatham Islands, but spend most of their lives at sea in search of food. Not much is known about...

2014-04-24 08:29:53

KIWI magazine is pleased to announce the winning schools in its National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day 2013 contest; each school was awarded a $1,000 grant from the Whole Kids Foundation NEW YORK, April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- KIWI magazine is happy to announce the winners of its National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day 2013 contest. In honor of National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day--an annual event created by KIWI that highlights school lunch--KIWI partnered with the Whole Kids...

2013-04-21 23:00:46

It´s official, Baynetwork, Inc. and KiWi Time Band have entered into a sponsorship agreement that will help exposure and notoriety for both parties. Menlo Park, CA (PRWEB) April 21, 2013 The word is out, KiWi Time Band of San Francisco, an independent rock band, and Baynetwork, Inc. of Menlo Park, a network equipment re-seller and Silicon Valley based Managed IT Service team, are joining forces through an official sponsorship. In a continued effort to expand Baynetwork, Inc.´s...

2012-10-05 23:00:18

Project Runway winner is teaming up with model and Cornell University veterinary student to save the last 127 Kakapo Parrots from extinction by designing a sustainable dress representing the parrot for her to wear every day for the entire month of October. The Kakapo is the only flightless and nocturnal parrot. They are also the heaviest and largest species of parrot in the world. Ithaca, NY (PRWEB) October 05, 2012 Jay McCarroll, the winner of the inaugural series of Project Runway, has...

Birds In New Zealand Face Extinction
2012-08-05 19:50:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Keys to survival today differ from those of the past. This is revealed in a new study of nearly 300 species of New Zealand birds – from pre-human times to the present. Lead author Lindell Bromham of Australian National University said, "Taking into consideration the growing number of studies that try to predict which species could be lost in the future based on what kinds of species are considered most threatened today the...

Antarctic Albatross Displays Shift In Breeding Habits
2012-04-30 08:34:58

A new study of the wandering albatross — one of the largest birds on Earth — has shown that some of the birds are breeding earlier in the season compared with 30 years ago. Reporting online this month (April) in the journal Oikos, a British team of scientists describe how they studied the breeding habits of the wandering albatross on the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia. They have discovered that because some birds are now laying their eggs earlier, the laying date for the...

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2011-06-13 06:20:00

The kea, a New Zealand parrot, and the New Caledonian crow are members of the two most intelligent avian families. Researchers from the Department of Cognitive Biology of the University of Vienna investigated their problem solving abilities as well as their innovative capacities. They are publishing two new studies "“ one in cooperation with members of the Behavioral Ecology Research Group in Oxford "“ in the scientific journals PLoS ONE and Biology Letters. Parrots and Corvids...


Latest Birds of New Zealand Reference Libraries

Great Egret, Ardea alba
2013-04-23 23:31:26

The Great Egret (Ardea alba), also known as the Great White Egret, Large Egret, Great White Heron or Common Egret, is a large and widely distributed egret. Dispersed across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions throughout the world, in southern Europe it’s rather localized. In North America it’s more widely distributed, and it’s everywhere across the Sun Belt of the United States and in the rainforests of South America. It’s occasionally confused with the Great White Heron...

Great-Winged Petrel, Pterodroma macroptera
2013-04-23 12:41:43

The Great-winged Petrel or Grey-faced Petrel (Pterodroma macroptera) is a petrel. In New Zealand, it is also known by its Maori name oi and as a muttonbird. The following are the two recognized subspecies of P. macroptera. - P. m. macroptera and P. m gouldi, the latter of the two is endemic to New Zealand, and is often called the Grey-faced Petrel. It breeds in the Southern Hemisphere between 30 and 50 degrees south having colonies on Tristan da Cunha, Gough Island, the Crozet Islands,...

Buller’s Shearwater, Puffinus bulleri
2013-04-21 09:09:37

The Buller’s Shearwater (puffinus bulleri) is a Pacific species of seabird in the Procellariidae family; it is also known as the Grey-backed Shearwater or New Zealand Shearwater. It is a member of the black-billed wedge-tailed Thyellodroma group, among the bigger shearwaters of the proposed genus Ardenna; it creates a superspecies with the Wedge-tailed Shearwater. The adult birds are 46 to 47 cm in length, with a 97 to 99 cm wingspan, and they have been recorded to weigh 342 to 435g. The...

Black Petrel, Procellaria parkinsoni
2013-04-21 09:01:42

The Black Petrel (Procellaria parkinsoni) is also called the Parkinson’s Petrel. It is a large, black petrel, the smallest of the Procellaria. This species is an endemic breeder of New Zealand, breeding only on islands off the North Island, on Great Barrier Island and Little Barrier Island. At sea it scatters as far as Australia and Ecuador. It’s a medium-sized, all black petrel except for pale sections on the bill. The wingspan is 110 cm on average. This bird is usually seen in the...

Shy Albatross, Thalassarche cauta
2012-04-02 15:43:49

The Shy Albatross, (Thalassarche cauta), also known as the Shy Mollymawk, is a species of albatross found off the coast of Australia and New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands. Its range extends across much of the Southern Ocean. It is also known as the White-capped Albatross in some areas. This species at one time was considered to be the same species as Salvin’s Albatross and the Chatham Albatross, but was given its own species moniker in 2004. The Shy Albatross belongs to the...

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