Nocturnal flightless bird of New Zealand having a long neck and stout legs; only surviving representative of the order Apterygiformes; SYN. apteryx.
Flightless bird Apteryx australis found only in New Zealand. It has long, hairlike brown plumage and a very long beak with nostrils at the tip. It is nocturnal and insectivorous. The egg is larger in relation to the bird’s size (similar to a domestic chicken) than that of any other bird.
All kiwi species have declined since European settlement of New Zealand, and the little spotted kiwi is most at risk. It survives only on one small island reservation, which was stocked with birds from the mainland.