Rare white kiwi caught performing a mating dance on camera

  • 29/12/2017

A trail camera at the Pukaha Mount Bruce reserve, Tararua, has caught the cheeky mating dance of a rare white kiwi on film.

In the video, three-year-old kiwi Mapuna is seen calling to his female partner, a brown kiwi.

Once she arrives, the two begin their dance, circling each other several times, before settling down to business.

The pair has not yet produced an egg, but the video is evidence that they are mating.

White kiwi are not albino - they are the rare progeny of parents that both carry a recessive white-feather gene.

Once bonded, kiwi are monogamous and partnerships have been known to last for decades.

This could be the start of a beautiful thing.