Southern brown kiwi
STEWART ISLAND NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand’s Stewart Island is the stronghold of the country’s national bird, the kiwi. In fact there are six species to be found here, including the endemic subspecies of the southern brown kiwi or tokoeka. These bizarre, flightless creatures are the closest living relatives of the extinct – and even more extraordinary – elephant birds of Madagascar, and it’s said they are easier to see here because they are not purely nocturnal. Some 20,000 were recorded on the island in the 2013 census.
Kiwis outnumber people by 50 to one on Steward Island.