Kiwis are the national bird of New Zealand and North Island brown kiwis are the most common. Like all kiwis the females lay very large eggs, which can be up to a quarter of their own body weight. The male takes over incubation after the females have laid the eggs.
Scientific name: Apteryx mantelli
The kiwi has to be one of the oddest creatures on the forest floor.
The kiwi is one of New Zealand's strangest creatures and hunts in the forest at night. It has fur-like feathers and it sniffs out its food like a mammal. It forages for worms and even fishes for shrimps.
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The following habitats are found across the North Island brown kiwi distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
Discover what these behaviours are and how different plants and animals use them.
Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Decreasing
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
The North Island Brown Kiwi (Apteryx mantelli; Apteryx australis or Apteryx bulleri as before 2000, still used in some sources), is a species of kiwi that is widespread in the northern two-thirds of the North Island of New Zealand and, with about 35000 remaining, is the most common kiwi.