Order Struthioniformes

Family Apterygidae

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  • Small to medium-sized, flightless terrestrial birds with rudimentary wings, no tail and shortish, stout legs.
  • New Zealand.
  • Mainly forests, also woodland and scrub, up to 1200 m.
  • 35-65 cm.
  • 1 genus, 5 species, 6 taxa.
  • 4 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Folch, A. (2020). Kiwis (Apterygidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52188 on 26 January 2020).