About Kiwi

Kiwi (Apteryx)

The kiwi is a special and quirky bird: it is flightless, has spikey hair-like feathers, digs burrows with its strong legs, and is active mostly at night.  Kiwi are unique to New Zealand and are found nowhere else in the world!  Kiwi spend their entire life on the ground foraging around the forest floor; they have plump rounded bodies with no tails and adults can weigh around 2kg or more.  The kiwi’s strong sense of smell and its long bill mean it can easily hunt out worms and other invertebrates hiding in the ground.  The kiwi is the national icon of New Zealand Aotearoa and New Zealanders are often called ‘kiwis’ both at home and overseas.

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