Southern Brown Kiwi
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Southern Brown Kiwi is a ratite Friend who made an appearance in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.
Southern Brown Kiwi has short, thick, amber-colored hair, with the colors on her bangs gradually getting lighter. The very center bang of her hair is noticeably longer than the other bird Friends', and has a reddish coloration to represent a kiwi's bill. She wears a dark brown fur poncho with light brown highlights on the top and bottom. Below the fur-like collar is a blue-colored drawstring tied together in a bow-tie fashion holding the poncho together, with light brown puffs on the respective ends. She appears to be wearing amber-colored gloves, leggings, and mary-janes, along with a fur-accented dark blue skirt.
In Real Life
The southern brown kiwi, also known as the tokoeka, is a type of kiwi native to New Zealand's South Island. These flightless birds are roughly the size of a chicken, making them by far the smallest member of the ratite group of birds. They do not have a tail, and while their short wings prevent them from flying effectively, their powerful legs allow them to escape from predators quickly.
The brown kiwis typically reside in the large, temperate forests of South Island, allowing them to blend in the surroundings easily with their brownish-grey feathers. To compensate for their poor vision, these birds have developed a strong sense of touch from the whiskers on the base of their bills. This, along with their bills' long, drill-like shape, allow them to handily burrow and pick out potential prey. Kiwis primarily feed on a diet of small invertebrates, such as worms, moths, and crayfish, although they have also been known to feed on various fruits and berries.
Brown kiwis have been described by some as being an "honorary mammal", owing to their highly mammal-like traits. During the day, the kiwis will hide inside their burrows while coiling up into a ball to avoid confrontation with predators, which include stoats, cats, and dogs. When nightfall comes, the birds come out of their holes to hunt for food. They are usually shy towards other animals, but often travel in groups of six to twelve.
Brown kiwis communicate through a particularly unique, whistle-like cry. The females' cries sound low and hoarse, while the males' sound slightly shrieking. They will occasionally call each other at night to advertise their territories or to maintain contact with their respective mates. The kiwis are highly territorial and will fight conspecifics with their sharp claws.
- The brown kiwi is the national bird of New Zealand, which is evident from the abundance of kiwis on many New Zealand-related symbols (currency, sports uniforms, road signs).
- The cry of male kiwis have been described as sounding as if it was shouting "kee-wee".