New Zealand's national bird is known for being soft, cuddly, and extremely shy.
But, as a German tourist visiting Stewart Island has found, maybe our presumptions of our favourite native bird are unfounded.
Posting a video online on Wednesday, YouTube user Darwin revealed a mess of flying feathers as his footage of two kiwi going hell for feather began to circulate.
"Thats so damn cute... even if their fighting...their still cute [sic]," one YouTube user said.
"Wow - I live on the mainland just across from Stewart Island and have never seen a Kiwi out in daylight," said another.
The video's author knew it was a rarity seeing a nocturnal bird like the kiwi active during the day, let alone watching them viciously scrap it out amidst the foliage.
"It was a special moment. Really amazing," he said.
"A woman told me that the Kiwis don't have any real enemies anymore and that might be the reason why they're awake on daylight. But I don't know if that's true."
Whether this was part of a mating ritual, or a full on brawl for territorial gain, one thing is for sure - the memory of this special encounter is one the video's author won't be able to shake for a long time.