Story: Kiwi

North Island brown kiwi

The North Island brown kiwi is the most numerous kiwi, although it has become confined to three inland areas. It is quite an aggressive little bird, with spiky plumage. It is a proficient runner, and when alarmed can outrun a human being and zigzag at the same time. It has even been known to roll head over heels downhill. Listen also to the distinctive call of the brown kiwi.

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Sound file from Birds of New Zealand. Compact disc. © Viking Sevenseas NZ (PO Box 152, Paraparaumu), 1980. All rights reserved.

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Jock Phillips, 'Kiwi - Kiwi species', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 August 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 15 May 2015