Kiwi Apteryx australis

Kiwi The Kiwi is a well-known icon of its native New Zealand but is nocturnal, endangered and rarely seen. A flightless bird that nests in burrows, it remains at risk from introduced predators (cats, dogs, rats, stoats, etc.). There are five species of Kiwi, the one shown being the Southern Brown, also called Southern Tokoeka. Unusually for birds, Kiwis have a sense of smell, essential for locating worms and grubs with their long bill. The Kiwi above visited Jim and Hilli's oyster packing area where it returned for several nights to help clean oyster remnants from the shells. (My thanks to Jim and Hilli for the above photo.)