The part of the brain used for smell is exceptionally large in a kiwi. Together with its uniquely positioned nostrils, the kiwi is a genius at finding food in the soil and leaf litter.
Kiwi sometimes sound like pigs, snuffling and snorting loudly to clear dirt from their nostrils. They have evolved to fill a niche that is taken up by mammals like hedgehogs in other parts of the world. New Zealand has five species of kiwi, all of them are in danger of going extinct.