The kiwi is a national icon of New Zealand and unofficial national emblem. The Kiwi is found only in New Zealand and although primarily a bird of New Zealand’s native forests they can be found in scrub and native grasslands.
The kiwi is a nocturnal, curious bird, it cannot fly, has loose, hair-like feathers and long whiskers. The kiwi’s long slender bill has nostrils at the lower end. Using its excellent sense of smell and flexible bill, the kiwi feeds on worms, insects and grubs, supplemented by leaves, berries and seeds. The Kiwi can outrun a human and have managed to survive because of their alertness and their sharp, three-toed feet, which enable them to kick and slash an enemy.
There are five kinds of kiwi in New Zealand - brown kiwi, rowi, tokoeka, great spotted kiwi or roroa and little spotted kiwi.