Kiwi - Brown

Maori Name: 
Tokoeka
Scientific Name: 
Apteryx australis
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40 cm;Male 2.2 kg, Female 2.8 kg. Dark greyish brown streaked lengthways reddish brown;long ivory bill. Male has shrill clear (or slightly warbling) ascending and then descending whistle; female has lower-pitched, hoarse cry. Habitat: Native forest, scrub, exotic forest (especially in Northland, Coromandel and Taranaki), rough farmland and tussockland (subalpine and dunes). Most common in Northland and on Stewart Island; small distinctive populations at Okarito (60-100 birds) and near Haast (200-300 birds). Breeding: Jun-Mar.

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