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Kiwi vs. Penguin: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sumera Saeed || Published on December 6, 2023
Kiwi is a small, flightless bird native to New Zealand, known for its long beak and round body. Penguin is a flightless seabird known for its upright posture, black and white plumage, and swimming ability.

Key Differences

A kiwi is a small, nocturnal bird, unique to New Zealand, characterized by its long beak and brown, fuzzy feathers. In contrast, a penguin is a larger, aquatic bird, found primarily in the Southern Hemisphere, easily recognizable by its distinctive black and white plumage and upright stance.
Sumera Saeed
Dec 06, 2023
Kiwi birds are solitary and primarily active at night, using their long beaks to probe the soil for insects and worms. Penguins, however, are social birds, often found in large colonies, and are adept swimmers, using their flippers to navigate in water rather than for flight like the kiwi.
Sumera Saeed
Dec 06, 2023
The kiwi lays one of the largest eggs in relation to its body size of any bird in the world. On the other hand, penguins lay smaller eggs and are known for their unique breeding behaviors, with some species' males incubating the eggs on their feet.
Huma Saeed
Dec 06, 2023
Kiwi birds are notable for their poor eyesight but have a highly developed sense of smell, unusual for a bird. Penguins rely more on their vision, both underwater and on land, and are known for their agility in the water, unlike the ground-dwelling kiwi.
Harlon Moss
Dec 06, 2023
Conservation status varies for both; some kiwi species are endangered due to habitat loss and predators introduced by humans. Penguins face different threats, like climate change and ocean pollution, impacting their food supply and breeding grounds.
Sumera Saeed
Dec 06, 2023
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Comparison Chart

Habitat

Native to New Zealand
Found mainly in the Southern Hemisphere
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Physical Appearance

Small, brown, fuzzy feathers, long beak
Larger, black and white plumage, upright posture
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Dec 06, 2023

Activity

Nocturnal, ground-dwelling
Social, aquatic, adept swimmers
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Dec 06, 2023

Egg Size

Large eggs in relation to body size
Smaller eggs, unique breeding behaviors
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Dec 06, 2023

Sensory Adaptation

Poor eyesight, good sense of smell
Good eyesight, adapted for underwater vision
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Dec 06, 2023
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Kiwi and Penguin Definitions

Kiwi

A bird with a long beak and brown, fuzzy feathers.
We saw a kiwi foraging in the underbrush last night.
Harlon Moss
Nov 18, 2023

Penguin

Primarily found in the Southern Hemisphere, especially in Antarctica.
Antarctica is home to several species of penguins.
Janet White
Nov 18, 2023

Kiwi

A nocturnal, flightless bird native to New Zealand.
The kiwi is a symbol of New Zealand's unique wildlife.
Sumera Saeed
Nov 18, 2023

Penguin

Known for their black and white plumage and social nature.
We watched the penguins interact in their large colony.
Huma Saeed
Nov 18, 2023

Kiwi

The smallest member of the ratites group of birds.
The kiwi, despite its size, lays remarkably large eggs.
Sumera Saeed
Nov 18, 2023

Penguin

Adapted to life in the water with flippers instead of wings.
Penguins use their flippers to navigate skillfully in the ocean.
Aimie Carlson
Nov 18, 2023

Kiwi

Known for its poor eyesight and good sense of smell.
Kiwi use their sense of smell to find food in the dark.
Sumera Saeed
Nov 18, 2023

Penguin

Exhibits unique breeding behaviors, like males incubating eggs.
Emperor penguins huddle together for warmth during breeding.
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Nov 18, 2023

Kiwi

An iconic symbol of New Zealand.
Kiwi are featured on many New Zealand souvenirs.
Sumera Saeed
Nov 18, 2023

Penguin

Any of various stout, flightless aquatic birds of the family Spheniscidae, of the Southern Hemisphere, having flipperlike wings and webbed feet adapted for swimming and diving, short scalelike feathers, and white underparts with a dark back.
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Nov 17, 2023

Kiwi

Any of several flightless birds of the genus Apteryx native to New Zealand, having vestigial wings and a long slender bill. Also called apteryx.
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Nov 17, 2023

Penguin

(Obsolete) The great auk.
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Nov 17, 2023

Kiwi

(Informal) A New Zealander.
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Nov 17, 2023

Penguin

Any of several flightless sea birds, of order Sphenisciformes, found in the Southern Hemisphere, marked by their usual upright stance, walking on short legs, and (generally) their stark black and white plumage.
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Nov 17, 2023

Kiwi

A kiwifruit.
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Nov 17, 2023

Penguin

An auk (sometimes especially a great auk), a bird of the Northern Hemisphere.
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Nov 17, 2023

Penguin

(slang) A nun (association through appearance, because of the often black-and-white habit).
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Nov 17, 2023

Penguin

(juggling) A type of catch where the palm of the hand is facing towards the leg with the arm stretched downward, resembling the flipper of a penguin.
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Nov 17, 2023

Penguin

A spiny bromeliad with egg-shaped fleshy fruit, Bromelia pinguin.
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Nov 17, 2023

Penguin

A member of the air force who does not fly aircraft.
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Nov 17, 2023

Penguin

Any bird of the order Impennes, or Ptilopteri. They are covered with short, thick feathers, almost scalelike on the wings, which are without true quills. They are unable to fly, but use their wings to aid in diving, in which they are very expert. See King penguin, under Jackass.
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Nov 17, 2023

Penguin

The egg-shaped fleshy fruit of a West Indian plant (Bromelia Pinguin) of the Pineapple family; also, the plant itself, which has rigid, pointed, and spiny-toothed leaves, and is used for hedges.
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Nov 17, 2023

Penguin

Short-legged flightless birds of cold southern especially Antarctic regions having webbed feet and wings modified as flippers
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Nov 17, 2023

Penguin

A flightless seabird with an upright stance and aquatic abilities.
Penguins are excellent swimmers, often diving for their food.
Harlon Moss
Nov 18, 2023

FAQs

What do kiwi birds eat?

Insects, worms, and fallen fruit.
Harlon Moss
Dec 06, 2023

Where can kiwi birds be found?

Only in New Zealand.
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Dec 06, 2023

Do penguins live in the North Pole?

No, they're mostly found in the Southern Hemisphere.
Huma Saeed
Dec 06, 2023

Can kiwi birds fly?

No, they are flightless.
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Dec 06, 2023

Are penguins good swimmers?

Yes, they're excellent in the water.
Janet White
Dec 06, 2023

Do penguins have natural predators?

Yes, like seals and orcas.
Harlon Moss
Dec 06, 2023

Do kiwi birds live in groups?

No, they are mostly solitary.
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Dec 06, 2023

Can penguins fly?

No, they use their flippers for swimming.
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Dec 06, 2023

What is the lifespan of a kiwi?

Up to 50 years in the wild.
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Dec 06, 2023

Are kiwi birds endangered?

Some species are, due to habitat loss and predators.
Harlon Moss
Dec 06, 2023

What's unique about a kiwi's eggs?

They're very large relative to their body size.
Janet White
Dec 06, 2023

What are the main threats to penguins?

Climate change and ocean pollution.
Harlon Moss
Dec 06, 2023

How do penguins stay warm in cold environments?

Through their thick feathers and fat layer.
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Dec 06, 2023

How do kiwi birds find their food?

By using their keen sense of smell.
Harlon Moss
Dec 06, 2023

Are all penguins black and white?

Most are, but some have different patterns.
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Dec 06, 2023

Is 'kiwi' also a term for New Zealanders?

Yes, it's a colloquial term for people from New Zealand.
Harlon Moss
Dec 06, 2023

Can kiwi birds be kept as pets?

No, they are protected and wild animals.
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Dec 06, 2023

How do penguins care for their young?

Parents take turns feeding and protecting them.
Janet White
Dec 06, 2023

Do penguins live in hot climates?

Some species do, like the Galápagos penguin.
Janet White
Dec 06, 2023

What's the largest type of penguin?

The Emperor Penguin.
Janet White
Dec 06, 2023
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