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Kiwi: The People's Bird

By: Neville Peat

176 pages, Col & b/w photos, col illus

Otago University Press

Paperback | Dec 2006 | #167817 | ISBN: 1877372366
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About this book

Back in 1990, when Neville Peat wrote The Incredible Kiwi, the national bird was in retreat, from habitat loss and the severe impact of predation. It was not well understood, being nocturnal and hidden in the forest. Most Kiwis had never seen their national bird. During the 1990s, saving the kiwi became a popular cause. Community kiwi conservation projects have emerged all over the country, especially in the North Island. And scientific research has led to greater knowledge of the bird's population dynamics and distribution. The kiwi has truly become 'the people's bird'. In this book, the author describes the kiwi from every point of view, from wild bird to national emblem. What is this biological oddity called the kiwi? Exactly how many species of kiwi are there? Where do they live? What do they eat? How are people helping them to survive? Why does this bird have such a major place in the Kiwi nation's life? And he tells the story of the largest popular movement in support of an endangered native species that New Zealand has ever seen.


Contents

Iconic and Eccentric; Kiwi Nature; Family Album; The Plight of the Kiwi; The People's Bird; Operation Nest Egg; Early Bird; Kiwi Icon; The Captive Scene; Kiwi Comeback.

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