The Kiwi is a symbol of New Zealand as well as the national bird. There are five accepted species including: the Great Spotted Kiwi, Little Spotted Kiwi, North Island Brown Kiwi, Rowi or Okarito Brown Kiwi, and the Tokoeka.
The Kiwi is endemic to New Zealand and flightless like many other birds. It lays the largest egg in proportion to their body size. It has the longest beak of any bird with the unusual distinction of having its nostrils at the end of its beak.
The name 'kiwi' is also used as the colloquial name for a New Zealander. There is also a fruit called a kiwifruit that has been shortened to kiwi.