The "kiwi" (shown above) is a flightless bird native to New Zealand. (New Zealanders also like to call themselves "Kiwis".)
The kiwi (bird) is unusual in at least two respects. First, it is the only bird in the world that has its nostrels at the end of its beak. Second, the female kiwi has the largest egg, in proportion to its body size, of any bird in the world (except possibly for the hummingbird). Kiwis are about the same size as chickens, but their eggs are almost as big as those of ostriches!
Some people refer to kiwifruit as "kiwis", but this is incorrect. (New Zealanders also find this very irritating!) A "kiwi" is a bird (or a human New Zealander); the fruit should always be called "kiwifruit" (or "Chinese gooseberries").
Ross Finlayson (a Kiwi)