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Great Spotted Kiwi Apteryx haastii

Described by: Potts (1872)
Alternate common name(s): Great Gray Kiwi, Great Grey Kiwi
Old scientific name(s): Apteryx haasti


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New Zealand;
One main population and two or three smaller isolated populations;
Nw. South Island, mainly on the w. slopes of the Southern Alps, but on both sides of the divide at Arthur's Pass and Lewis Pass. The main population is in nw. Nelson (Gouland Downs area s. to the Buller River. Two or three isolated populations: one in Paparoa Ras in the Paparoa Ranges, Westland. The second in Westland s. of Whanganui Inlet se. to sw. Takaka and s. to the Buller River, and a third between Lake Summer and the Hurunui River s. to Arthur's Pass. S. limit of its range is unknown, but possibly to Okarito, the Karangarua River and even Fiordland? Unconfirmed reports from the Matiri and Victoria Ranges. Formerly in Canterbury Plains from Tasman Bay to the Foveaux Strait.
Introduced on Little Barrier Island off North Island in 1915, but probably no longer extant.


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Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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