Kiwi: (Apteryx) Flightless nocturnal bird related to the Ostrich and Emu. It has short powerful legs, coarse dark plumage and a long slender bill with nostrils at the end which they use to locate food. They feed on insects, snails, berries and earthworms. There are three species. All are protected by law. The brown kiwi lays an egg approximately 10 percent of its body weight, the largest of any bird. The image of the Kiwi is on New Zealand's coins, paper money and stamps and is also used colloquially as a term for a New Zealander.
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