Many of New Zealand’s land birds are strange and unusual. They include a flightless, nocturnal parrot – the kakapo, and the almost wingless kiwi. The kiwi has feathers like stiff hair, an immensely long bill and strong legs. Others have joined it in giving up flight, and growing large. Some look more like browsing mammals than birds. Low and dwindling numbers of the Yellow-eyed Penguin can be found on the south-eastern coast of the South Island and on Stewart Island.
New Zealand's seals and sea lions
Three species breed around New Zealand’s coastline and on its temperate and subantarctic islands. These are the New Zealand Fur Seal, the New Zealand or Hooker’s Sea Lion, and the southern Elephant Seal. A fourth, the Leopard Seal, is a frequent visitor. Leopard seals breed in the New Zealand-claimed sector of Antarctica, the Ross Dependency, along with Weddell Seals, Crabeater Seals and Ross Seals.