Great gray kiwi, Roroa
- The great spotted kiwi is the largest kiwi species.
- A single kiwi can dig as many as 50 burrows in its territory.
- It also swallows stones because these stones help in digestion.
Size & Weight
WEIGHT: (males) 1.2 and 2.6 kg (2.6 and 5.7 lb) (females) 1.5 and 3.3 kg (3.3 and 7.3 lb)
HEIGHT: (males) 45 cm (18 in) (females) 50 cm (20 in)
BILL LENGTH: 9 to 12 cm (3.5–4.7 in)
Tussock grasslands, scrubland, pasture, forests; altitude 700 to 1,100 m (2,300–3,600 ft)
South Island, northwestern Nelson, Buller River, Arthur’s Pass, Lake Rotoiti Mainland Island,
Beetles, cicada, crickets, flies, weta, spiders, caterpillars, slugs, snails, grubs, berries, seeds
Number of Eggs
August and January
75 – 85 days
2 – 3 days
(MALES) 18 months
(FEMALES) 36 months
30 – 40 years
25 hectares (62 acres)
Haast’s eagle, possums, dogs, cats, stoats, weasels, pigs