Brown Kiwi

Until 2000, the Brown Kiwi was thought to include the Rowi and the Tokoeka, in addition to the North Island Brown Kiwi. However using genetic codes from each of the above it was determined that the Tokoeka was a separate species, it took the Apteryx australis name , leaving the Brown Kiwi with its current Apteryx mantelli name. Soon after, in 1998, more genetic tests were done with the rowi and it was determined that it was a separate species . In 2004 an injured bird was found with streaked white around the head and identified by Massey University. The white feathering is likely due to a rarely seen genetic variation sometimes described as a partial albino. Few documented cases exist with only a painting of one found in Otorohanga in the 18th century and a specimen in the Canterbury Museum. The injured bird recovered and was introduced into a breeding programme.

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The Brown Kiwi is classified as Endangered (EN), considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

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The North Island Brown Kiwi, Apteryx mantelli, Apteryx australis or Apteryx bulleri before 2000 (and still 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 25,000 remaining, is the most common kiwi. More

* The North Island Brown Kiwi, Apteryx mantelli or Apteryx australis before 2000 (and still in some sources), is widespread in the northern two-thirds of the North Island and, with about 35,000 remaining, is the most common kiwi. Females stand about 40 cm (16 in) high and weigh about 2.8 kg (6.2 lb), the males about 2.2 kg (4.9 lb). More

The nocturnal flightless brown kiwi is so remarkably unbirdlike in appearance and behavior that is has sometimes been referred to as an "honorary mammal." The kiwi's "fur" is actually a thick covering of shaggy hairlike grey-brown feathers. The useless vestigial wings (4-5 cm long) are completely hidden under the plumage. They have no external tails. The wide spacing of their robust sharp-clawed legs gives them an amusing rolling gait. More

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has led scientists to propose that the Brown Kiwi is three distinct species. More

Though Stewart Island brown kiwi emerge from their burrows to forage at dusk or on overcast days, the kiwi is a nocturnal bird. Kiwi, unlike other nocturnal birds, have poor vision — the eyes are small and the optic lobes of the brain very reduced. On the other hand the senses of touch, hearing and particularly smell, are very highly developed. Most birds have little or no sense of smell but Kiwi are an exception. More

North Island Brown KiwiThe Kiwi bird, of the order Apterygiformes-Ratitae, occurs only in New Zealand. Although primarily a bird of New Zealand More

Brown Kiwi (Common Kiwi) = The bird that looks like a mammal - Order: Apterygiformes Family: Apterygidae Genus & Species: Apteryx australis Subspecies: Apteryx australis australis (Okarito Brown Kiwi) Apteryx australis mantelli (North Island Brown Kiwi) APPEARANCE The brown kiwi is such a strange sight that at first glance it doesn't look like a bird! They More

The brown kiwi feeds on soil invertebrates such as earthworms, beetle larvae, snails, spiders, centipedes, and orthoptera. It uses its sense of smell to find food, probing ceaselessly into the ground, leaving characteristic cone-shaped holes in the substrate. REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY Live as monogamous pairs in territories of 12–106 acres (5–43 ha), depending on location. Nests are made in burrows, sheltered places, and beneath thick vegetation. More

worldwide—currently, there are only 12 female brown kiwis in zoos outside New Zealand. Ambassador Ferguson has worked hard to build local and worldwide support of the Zoo’s kiwi programs. “I whole-heartedly support the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s kiwi conservation efforts,” Ambassador Ferguson said. “They do a fantastic job.” We're also the first zoo outside of New Zealand to have a successful hatching (in 1975). That chick, Toru, is on exhibit in the Bird House. More

The Brown Kiwi is a bird that finds its home in Australia. On this page you will learn some cool stuff about this particular bird. To jump to a specific section, use the Quick Jump below by clicking on the heading. size.gif (1126 bytes)food.gif (1290 bytes)habits.gif (1256 bytes)man.gif (1512 bytes) features.gif (1289 bytes)facts.gif (1145 bytes)links.gif (1155 bytes) hr-index. More

Brown kiwis also eat berries and fruit. Reproduction Brown kiwis are monogamous and mate for life. They live together within the same burrow and the female lays one or two one-pound (0.45 kg) eggs within the burrow in late winter to summer. The second egg may be laid up to one month after the first. Although kiwis are the same size as chickens, their eggs are almost as large as ostrich eggs. More

Brown Kiwi Skull - The brown kiwi is found in the coniferous forests of northern New Zealand. This nocturnal, flightless bird has feathers that more closely resemble hair. Being omnivorous, kiwis feed on a varied diet of small invertebrates, insects, fruits and berries. Its long beak can be used to sniff out and probe for its prey. The name kiwi comes from the call of the male. Female kiwi's lay large eggs that comprise as much as 20% of their body weight. More

The Brown Kiwi is native to New Zealand. The Southern Brown Kiwi or Common Kiwi (Apteryx australis) lives on the South Island and the North Island Brown Kiwi (Apteryx mantelli) lives on the North Island of New Zealand. Before 2000 these two were considered one species of Kiwi. Kiwis are flightless birds that are about the size of a domestic chicken. They lay the largest egg in relation to their body size. It is the national symbol of New Zealand. More

vues ossicleslimited — 5 juin 2007 — New Zealands iconic Brown Kiwi is a noctural flightless bird. This sequence show's its after dark habits. Produc... ossicleslimited — 5 juin 2007 — New Zealands iconic Brown Kiwi is a noctural flightless bird. This sequence show's its after dark habits. Produced with original music by Ossicles Limited. More

* The Okarito Brown Kiwi, Apteryx australis australis, is a recently identified sub-species of the North Island Brown, slightly smaller, with a greyish tinge to the plumage and sometimes white facial feathers. Females lay as many as three eggs in a season, each one in a different nest. Male and female both incubate. These Kiwi are distributed in the South Island of New Zealand. More

Conservation status: brown kiwi Apteryx australis is endangered Fun facts More

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brown kiwi is one of five species of kiwi found in New Zealand (1). These birds have a spiky brown plumage, streaked with reddish brown (2). The long, thin bill is ivory and, uniquely for birds, has nostrils located at the end (2) (4). As flightless birds, kiwis may look quite bizarre as they lack visible wings (2); indeed, the genus name Apteryx means 'wingless' in Latin (5). More

The brown kiwi is a strange looking creature that at first glance barely resembles a bird. It has no visible wings. Instead, it has short, thick legs and coarse feathers that look like fur. The brown kiwi is one of New Zealand More

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* The Rowi, also known as the Okarito Brown Kiwi or Apteryx rowi, is a recently identified species, slightly smaller, with a greyish tinge to the plumage and sometimes white facial feathers. Females lay as many as three eggs in a season, each one in a different nest. Male and female both incubate. More

The Brown kiwi is a two-storey 1900 More

Order : Struthioniformes
Family : Apterygidae
Genus : Apteryx
Species : mantelli
Authority : Bartlett, 1851