With the generous help of Willowbank Wildlife Reserve we have been collecting thermal video footage of kiwis to help train our machine learning based animal classifier.

Here's a sample of the recordings we've been collecting...




You can see that kiwis have quite a distinct thermal signature. Due to their insulating fur-like feathers, most of the heat radiates from around the face and those big feet.

We hope to eventually collect footage of kiwis in their native habitats but these recordings from the Willowbank enclosure are already proving to be useful for rounding out our classifier model.