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The People's Bird


The People's Bird

Author: Neville Peat

Published: 2011-08-26

Publisher's Description:

  • Only current book on New Zealand's national bird
  • Up-to-date research and conservation stories
  • Written for a general audience
  • Well illustrated and printed in colour
  • Covers kiwi nature, kiwi plight and kiwi renaissance

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.


paperback with flaps, 255 x 190 mm, 208 pages approx, printed in colour


  • Language: English
  • Biogeographical Realm: Australasian
  • Countries Covered: New Zealand
  • Families Covered: Kiwis (Apterygidae)

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  • Publisher: Otago University Press
  • City: Dunedin
  • Country: New Zealand

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  • Date Published: 25 Aug 2011
  • ISBN-10: 1877372366
  • ISBN-13: 9781877372360