The kiwi digs burrows instead of building a nest. Kiwi (bird), a flightless bird native to New Zealand Kiwi (people), a nickname for New Zealanders Kiwifruit, an edible berry; Kiwi dollar or New Zealand dollar, a unit of currency; Kiwi or KIWI may also refer to: They're pear-shaped and furry, with long beaks. Their wings are only an inch or so long, and they cannot be used for flying. They cannot fly, and their wings are very small and useless. Kiwis evolved from Birds that landed on New Zealand and then found there was no need to keep the capability of flight because there were no ground predators on the Islands. They were the only species of birds with no wings. The birds have muscular legs that allow them to run very fast. Fast running birds, such as ostriches, use their wings to hold their balance as they sprint at high speed. I'd be inclined to agree with "Truth Beyond All", while Kiwis do have very small wings, the wings are so minimal that they might be called wingless as in "so-called Wingless Birds" While there there are various birds with "willow" as part of their names (all flying birds) I couldn't find one just called willow. While most birds have thin skin and hollow bones to make them lighter for flying, the kiwi's skin is a bit thicker and tough, and its bones are heavy and filled with marrow. The Moa was the only wingless bird that ever existed.The moa were hunted to extinction by 1500 by the Maori in New Zealand. Birds known as Ratites (ostrich, emu, kiwi, etc.) Unlike most birds, the kiwi bird has a great sense of smell, with nostrils at the end tip of the beak which enable them to sniff out prey that is hidden in bushed and underground. They do have wings, they're just too small for us to see unless it's just a skeleton. The national symbol of New Zealand is the Kiwi bird. Interesting Facts About the Kiwi. Well, these flightless birds, a group of birds called ratites, actually do have wings (some of them vestigials). Unlike the birds that can fly, kiwis have no keel (an extension of the sternum, which works as an anchor for the wing muscles) and tail. But wait, you say, what about kiwis, emus, and ostriches? Those legs are also used for kicking; they can be used for fighting if the kiwi they're attached to encounters an unwelcome predator or annoying neighbor. Even among other flightless birds, Kiwis are strange. Its wings have a cat-like claw on the tip, like some batsâ wings have, but it is nonfunctional. You will never see the light on day again." Another interesting fact is that kiwi birds make long term commitments and they can have a monogamous relationship that will last for up to 20 years. "E kiwi, do you realise that if you do this, you will have to grow thick, strong legs so that you can rip apart the logs on the ground and you will loose your beautiful coloured feathers and wings so that you will never be able to return to the forest roof. The Kiwi fruit is a major horticultural export from New Zealand. Kiwi most commonly refers to: . All was quiet, and not a bird spoke. Most of these birds weigh six or seven pounds and measure about a foot and a half long. EVEN though they do not fly, flightless birds still have wings. They are pictured on the countryâs postage stamps.New Zealanders call themselves âKiwisâ. The only known bird with no wings is the Moa, which has been extinct for several hundred years. are just flightless. KIWI. In fact, they have a pair of vestigial wings that are so small that they are almost invisible under the thick fur-like plumage.