The kiwi is a unique and curious bird: it cannot fly, has loose, hair-like feathers, strong legs and no tail. It is New Zealand's national icon, and the unofficial national emblem. New Zealanders have been called "Kiwis" since the nickname was bestowed by Australian soldiers in the First World War.

Today a lot of dedicated people help to prevent kiwi from becoming extinct. There are five species of kiwi, and all are endangered.

Check out the kiwi facts page to find out what threats they face and how you can help.

You can also read about DOC's work with kiwi, find stories and watch videos about kiwi.

Kiwi. Photo © Sabine Bernert.
There are five species of kiwi. All are endangered

Kiwis for kiwi logo.

Species of kiwi


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New Zealand Birds Online Encyclopedia of New Zealand birds


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