Northern Brown Kiwi

Apteryx mantelli

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About the Northern Brown Kiwi


Geographic Range:


Class: Aves
Order: Struthioniformes
Family: Apterygidae
Genus: Apteryx
Species: mantelli

Kiwis are nocturnal, hunting through the soil and leaf litter for insects and other small invertebrates. These flightless birds are most threatened by dogs and ferrets, who can prey upon kiwis in large numbers, especially on young.

Size: 15 inches long, 4.5 to 6 pounds

Diet: Insects and other small invertebrates, some fruit

Habitat:  Dense subtropical and temperate forests, and scrubland of New Zealand

Median life expectancy: 40 – 60 years

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