CLASS – AVES, Order – APTERYGIFORMES, Family – Apterygidae – Kiwis
Southern Brown Kiwi (Apteryx australis) ©WikiC
North Island Brown Kiwi (Apteryx mantelli) ©WikiC
Okarito Kiwi (Apteryx rowi) ©West_Coast_Wildlife_Centre
Little Spotted Kiwi (Apteryx owenii) ©Flickr Jim the Photo
Great Spotted Kiwi (Apteryx haastii) ©WikiC Jeff
So far I am having a time obtaining Kiwi photos, so, for now, I am posting this video of a “Real New Zealand Kiwi” from YouTube by ppmail
“Fiordland Brown Kiwi” by robfrost83
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Kiwi are flightless birds endemic to New Zealand, in the genus Apteryx and family Apterygidae. At around the size of a domestic chicken, kiwi are by far the smallest living ratites and lay the largest egg in relation to their body size of any species of bird in the world. There are five recognised species, two of which are currently vulnerable, one of which is endangered, and one of which is critically endangered. All species have been adversely affected by historic deforestation but currently large areas of their forest habitat are well protected in reserves and national parks. At present, the greatest threat to their survival is predation by invasive mammalian predators.
The kiwi is a national symbol of New Zealand, and the association is so strong that the term Kiwi is used all over the world as the colloquial demonym for New Zealanders.