RoroaGreat spotted kiwi

Conservation status
In serious trouble

New Zealand sign language for great spotted kiwi / roroa

This is the kiwi with ATTITUDE that you may not have heard of before. Roroa are mountain-dwelling Mainlanders, living in the top of the South Island, with strongholds in Paparoa, Kahurangi, and Arthurs Pass-Hurunui ranges. They are large kiwi with mottled grey feathers, they are fierce and territorial, but unlike other kiwi, maintain family bonds with their chicks.

Great Spotted Kiwi

Photo: Rod Morris