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kiwi

rare ratite bird, peculiar to New Zealand. They are brown, tailless, virtually wingless and have plumage resembling hairs rather than feathers. They are nocturnal, about the size of a domestic fowl and have a distinctive cry from which its name derives. Called also Apteryx spp.
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A silver fern was tried for a while but New Zealand military planes now sport another national icon, the flightless kiwi bird.
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In New Zealand, the Spinyback is almost as famous as the Kiwi bird," Kalmer explained.