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.
To learn more about our precious national icon, take a look at these kiwi facts and find out what threats they face and how you can help.
You can also read about DOC's work with kiwi, read stories, and find videos about kiwi.
There are five species of kiwi. All are endangered
The brown kiwi is one of our most common kiwi species; however, the population is steadly declining by about 2–3% a year.
Learn about unique Northland brown kiwi, the special challenges these kiwi face, especially from dogs - and how you can make a difference.
There is one natural population of about 350 rowi in Ōkarito forest and surrounds in South Westland
Tokoeka has four geographically and genetically distinct forms - Haast, northern Fiordland, southern Fiordland and Stewart Island.
The giant among kiwi, this species lives only in the northern South Island.
The smallest and once the commonest kiwi is vulnerable to stoats at all stages of its life.
New Zealand Birds Online Encyclopedia of New Zealand birds
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