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About the Brown Kiwi

Also known as: Common Kiwi, Tokoeka, Southern Brown Kiwi

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. For other New Zealand birds check out our Kakapo and Kea.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 01 November 2009
Scientific Name Apteryx australis
  • Apterygiformes
  • Apterygidae
  • Apteryx
  • A. australis
Birdorable Family Ratites
Conservation Status Vulnerable
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
18 to 22 inches
Range Australia and New Zealand


From IUCN Red List:
The Brown Kiwi is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2013 by BirdLife International. Mainland populations of this species may be in extremely rapid decline, based on probable annual declines caused by introduced species. However, the large Stewart Island population may be stable, and thus the overall decline is likely to be slower, but still rapid, warranting Vulnerable status.

International Names

  • Kivi Jižní (Czech)
  • Almindelig Kiwi (Danish)
  • Bruine Kiwi (Dutch)
  • Ruskokiivi (Finnish)
  • Kiwi Austral (French)
  • Streifenkiwi (German)
  • Kiwi Bruno (Italian)
  • キアウィ (Ki-wi) (Japanese)
  • Brunkiwi (Norwegian)
  • Kiwi Brunatny (Polish)
  • Обыкновенный киви (Russian)
  • Kiwi Común (Spanish)

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