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Facts About The Kiwi bird Habitat-For Kids

Updated on December 29, 2015

My habitat Is The Forest ..Kiwi Birds Like To Eat..

Species-New Zealand Flightless Kiwi Bird
Species-New Zealand Flightless Kiwi Bird

I Am The Kiwi Bird Of New Zealand


The Flightless Kiwi Bird is native to New Zealand endearing to New Zealanders ,and also high on the International Endangered List .

New Zealand people are affectionately called Kiwis and the nickname has appeared in several ways>> World War History of Kiwi (people)

How Old Am I ? Thousands of years old ,
Since the introduction of stoats , weasel and ferrets who became my predators, by early English settlers, their survival has been threatened , and many conservationists put alot of work into breeding and environmental protection to secure the survival of remaining Kiwi -birds( more on this later)

Yes I am the flightless Kiwi Bird and native, to New Zealand ,and I was here to greet the first people also native to New Zealand , The Maori, who liked me a lot ,a little too much in fact, and if I was unfortunate to be captured by them I was of course -dinner. They also made use of my feathers making various garments to keep warm in the colder months.

The Maori were great hunters and gatherers and respected wildlife as well. My feathers have lined the shoulders of many great chiefs and even today those same garments are sacred and treasured items. In New Zealand and some museum's in bigger lands. ( see that pictures displayed,) those are my feathers woven so finely into that garment.)

How Did I Get My Name Kiwi Bird?

The Maori also heard us calling to each other as we fed on insects and berries, and looked for mates at in the forest , it sounded like we were saying ..keeee weee weee weee, ( hear us on video) and so they named us the Kiwi

I Am The New Zealand Flightless Kiwi

If Im A Flightless Kiwi ,How Do I find food?

That's right , I am flightless cant fly , never flew , not even to the letterbox and back , mind you I dreamed I did once when this nasty wee stoat stole my babies!

I also love to sleep during the day ( nocturnal) because the night has all the action baby ,and best take-aways on offer like triple stacker worms , bacon flavoured beetles , slater sandwich with the new curly fern roots on the side. Some of my northern bro's have other specialities but I wouldn't believe all that you hear ,they are known to hype it up a bit up that way!

Seriously my beak is long ,about 1/3 of my body length, so I feed deep and off some solid territory in that vast forest floor.

Did you also notice from my pic that my species has no tail no, groovy huh, there are a couple of other quirky things about me that make me just the wee bit unique in the bird world too.

The experts ( bird people and conservationists) praise them to the hilt man , geeze I probably would have died out by now if it had not been for their intelligence and care , no make that ,would have died out.

Ancestors , boy we all have 'em don't we? , well the facts recorded show we didn't have any predators way back maybe thousands of years ago, lets just say many many moons ago, so all they did was hang in the crib which was literally a huge habitat of rain forest ,they had no need to adapt too much, because you see , New Zealand is a long long way from a lot of other lands and surrounded by ocean , so unless it can swim ( then walk on land) Kiwi birds had it sweet man!

Sadly the story is different now ,along with the introduced predators came dogs and cats and then sometimes careless humans , but those caring ,dedicated D.O.C. ( Dept. Of Conservation) work their butts off making it more Eco friendly for us and slowly we have begun breeding again.

Kiwi Birds Are Nocturnal

Sign off TV tune for New Zealanders back in the 70's
Sign off TV tune for New Zealanders back in the 70's

Here I am singing for my supper...(1.20)..kiwiiiiii...

Fact Is Im Pretty Special Kiwi Bird

So by now you definitely understand I am flightless, but did you also know I am really a very shy bird, but if you do spot me some night ,when I'm out and about foraging on the New Zealand forest floor its probably because I didn't see you , my eye-sights not the best ,although if the winds blowing my way I certainly will detect you with my super sensitive nostrils.

About the size of a chicken ,though much more handsome ,we are shall we say a little more plump, which also helps us stay warm as it gets quite cool ,deep in the forests and thick undergrowth. Females eggs are as large as some ostrich eggs which is unusual since we are overall not a large bird. Don't frighten me and keep your dog on a leash if you want to introduce yourself . I will be one of these breeds.

You may also find me at the zoo , some of us stay in special Kiwi Habitats,so the big people can learn more , and the special lighting means you can see me too. Come visit me on your next holiday.!

  • Brown Kiwi
  • Little Spotted Kiwi
  • Great Spotted Kiwi
  • Rare White Kiwi ( Albino) see Link on recent discovery!



Cultural , Fashionable , Symbolic Korowai (Feathered Cloak)

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Let's hope current conservation methods actually work to save this precious bird Excellent hub. Thank you

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      Eaglekiwi 8 years ago from -Oceania

      Aww me too , they recently discovered new chicks (maybe as many as 10) and are moving them to join other Kiwi onto a smaller island away from the mainland)....thankyou for reading

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Fantastic, you know it kinda reminds me of a feather covered balloon with a beak and legs.. really looks like a sweet bird! Glad someone is trying to intervene before it's too late!

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      Eaglekiwi 8 years ago from -Oceania

      @Candie I thought you were talking about me lmao....yea I wrote the hub cuz Ive been lazy and written nothing for ages unless you count my shopping list and it was a fun hub to write ...

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      Pete Maida 8 years ago

      Its always nice to learn something new.

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      TheLesleyShow 8 years ago from US

      What a cute little hub (I almost called it a lens.. ha ha)! I don't spend nearly the time I should here at hubpages but I do keep an eye out for my fellow Squids and their updates! Is that why your name is Kiwi? This bird? What a special person you are!! All thumbs up!!!

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      Rob Welsh 8 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Those boys were hunters and gatherers eh? I know kiwi was good Kai.. but hey they were harder on the Mowers weren't they as hunters and collectors! Even to this day they don't care whether the prey is 2 or 4 stroke! & Thanks yep I joined jerrico's clan..xlnt. Good hub there iwik.

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Oh, do publish your shopping list! That would make a great hub!

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      badgirl 8 years ago

      and they thought that I had gone forever well here ya go, I have had my powers of communications cut. on squidoo.......loving it

      Kia Kaha Kia Manawa

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      Eaglekiwi 8 years ago from -Oceania

      @Pete ,learning is addictive isn't it ! great fun.

      @thelesleyshow ,hey great to see you and lol @ lens , I visited squidoo ages ago , but didn't end up staying (think I was moving) at the time but yep I will be checking it out again real soon no doubt!!, yes that's why NZ'ers are called Kiwi ,now ya know now its not cuz wer'e fruity lmao.

      @badgirl now who on earth could that be??? c'mere gimme a hug, awesome you popped in, aunty will be see you both on sqidoo one of these days so please behave yourself there!!  arohanui ake! ake!

      @Candie pacific coast soap,carrots,chicken,Idaho potatoes,lettuce,apples and 2 snickers bars, hugsss lol oh and knickers for elvis show hehe

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I think you might get a lot of search engine traffic on this because many kids are always trying to find information on the kiwibird, which is not always easy to find at the libraries here. There are a few pages in bird books, but we do not hear lots about this creature.

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      Eaglekiwi 8 years ago from -Oceania

      Ok thats good to know SP,search engines , Looks like that will have to be my homework now too ! lol ( figuring out how to be noticed) by them. Aappreciate you telling me.

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      badgirl 8 years ago

      Matahari here lol.

      I just had to tell you cold here but, its producing some yummo food incl. Hangis, Kumara Potatoe Pumpkin, onions pork beef chicken, and vege to round off steamed pudding, and all for Charity..

      Have a cool day and pretend you haven't seen me.. This is way more fun than Forums.

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      Eaglekiwi 8 years ago from -Oceania

      My lips are sealed..zipppoood....ohhh man you just made me so hungry!!!

      hot, hot , n muggy here ,im really a winter kiwi so im doin it hard sweatin like a pig.....going to a b-b-q tomorrow ..should be interesting too ,think i should write about these rebel southerners sometime, fascinating-unreal...

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      Ah Badgirl, Kia ora, I spotted you! hey EK, never met a shy kiwi before, they must definitely be endangered. Might go and buy myself some puha and kumara today, maybe throw a sausage on the sizzle hahahaha

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      Eaglekiwi 8 years ago from -Oceania

      lol@ shy kiwi's, probably more scared ( for the benefit of younger readers) edited, witless ..lol....onto the endangered list. Food ,why is all the good food so bad for ya anyway? steak !! a big bad kick * TBone. steak...peace CV

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      kiwi91 8 years ago from USA

      These are amazing birds, and there's very little photos of them on the web surprisingly (or maybe not surprisingly since their nocturnal). Nice work!

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      Eaglekiwi 8 years ago from -Oceania

      I would miss any animal/bird once they have become extinct, but sadly I guess that's all part of our ever changing environment. Thankyou for your comments Kiwi.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      thanks for share with us about this bird.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 8 years ago from New Zealand

      I actually saw one in the wild during the day while tramping (hiking for the non-NZers) on Stewart Island - they aren't nocturnal there - it was big one just in the middle of the track at about 10am - she stayed for about 10 minutes at all not scared at all - it was an awesome experience.

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      Eaglekiwi 8 years ago from -Oceania

      @BC aww I bet you say that to all the birds lol,thanks for reading.

      @Lissie im so jealous, I have seen one but just his backside ,he scooted off., good for you ,thanks for commenting.

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      goldentoad 8 years ago from Free and running....

      I will keep a close eye on this hub for any signs of dangerous Kiwi activities.

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      Eaglekiwi 8 years ago from -Oceania

      @gt best you do ,but remember to stay clear of that long beak , toads would go down  a treat, with a can steinlager lol

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      goldentoad 8 years ago from Free and running....

      ha! I would cause severe indigestion for any long beaks!

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      Eaglekiwi 8 years ago from -Oceania

      No way you look like a sweet n tender toadie in ya pic...delicacy on the kiwi-a-la-carte.!

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      badgirl 8 years ago

      I'm cringing some of my ancestors eat frogs, er the ones in Guernsey still do, I confess I ate a frog leg once not knowing, I hope Toady doesn't think I am a cannabil. , he is a hard case that one, I remember him with an old grey beard.

      People think I have a problem now, honestly what is the psyche of these guys, we are so diff from them, and I had never realised it. We are so much more laid back.

      Now he is a little kid. he has overdone the botox, No one can say his avator is stale....... Also I must be the only banned Hubber to have a Hub written about them Wicked. Have a nice night.

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      Eaglekiwi 8 years ago from -Oceania

      Yes you are certainly remembered here on Hubpages MB, and I love ya warts n all,!! oops sorry warts probably more up toadys alley , he been sayin silly things bouts kiwis , but I think in toad language that means he weally weally wuv's us....kia kaha kare

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      badgirl 8 years ago

      lissie has said weird, ds has said mentally unhinged providing a link to my squidoo site, which is mainly about selling my art. pete has started the ball rolling. I just loved being the meanest person on Hubpages. Where do they get that.

      I wonder is there a virtual medal for that achievement. hahahahahahaha

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      Badgirl, don't let them get to you!

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      Eaglekiwi 8 years ago from -Oceania

      here I made a pav for my fans, mandy write a cool hub/oops lens, let that sharp mind explode in a story M !! block out the negs and create some pos vibes!! arohanui ake ake!.....remember the moral of the story , five baskets of knowledge, te whariki, only put good things in that kete , and check every night to take anything bad out that should slide its way in....nite nite ( leave the plate in the sink)

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      badgirl 8 years ago

      Hey thought u might be interested, all My Google series hubs have sold for an undisclosed ammount, (I am not allowed to say) but hahahahahah Its more than Google paid and some... I only do Pos I leave the plonkers to do

      negs, you are doing some fine stuff gurl, Hey and spank toady if he gets out of line. I er think he like s that. He is wuved and he wuvs us can we make him honorary, Yes Yes Toady is now a Kiwi... Keys to the City, Hey I'm on the good stuff NOT, I come from the Drug capital so myswell make the most of it hahahaah s...T i am a crazy just wrote a lens, its about click fraud.

      Still cold over here, I like to put a little bad in the kete sometimes, but only so I can take it out.

      Arohanui.

      UnoWhouknowudo!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Tracy Behr 7 years ago from Port Elizabeth

      very nice hub! 5*

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      Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania

      Hi Silverlining , thankyou for reading and Im glad you enjoyed it too! have a great day.

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      Lgali 7 years ago

      very nice hub thanks

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      Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania

      Thankyou for your comments.

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      thing 7 years ago

      kiwis rock

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      Gener Geminiano 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      kiwi, kiwi, just kiwi...

      Do you have something to say rather than this 4 letter word nyahahahahaha just kidding of course...

      A great HUB about kiwi, thanks for sharing ...

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      Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania

      General H You are funny,lol, my latest hub you might like more..bungy jumping?

      thankyou for your comments friend.https://hubpages.com/travel/Queenstown-New-Zealand...

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      livingsta 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very good hub, presented in a very interesting way. I loved reading it. Great work !!!

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      Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania

      livingsta , Thankyou, Im glad you enjoyed reading it.

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      Saski 7 years ago

      Great, i am glad that they are still alive today but still angray that they are indangered! Here is my fav game if you whant to know but you have to download it first sorry!

      http://www.wolfquest.org/

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      Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania

      Thanks for reading about the New Zealand Kiwi Bird. They are special indeed.

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      ate 7 years ago

      cool

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      Jemal 7 years ago

      im so angry because i've spent about 3 hours researching on kiwi birds, and never found a web as good as this one! I mean, AFTER 3 HOURS I click a random page and here i am! Thank you soooooooo very much!!!! :D

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      Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania

      Jemal

      Thankyou for your positive feedback on the New Zealand Kiwibird. I am glad you found the information helpful, they are a special bird indeed.

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      Jemal 7 years ago

      Yes they are. Is it illegal in some parts of new Zealand to sell/ make cloaks out of Kiwi bird feathers? Because I'm writing a paper about Kiwi Birds, and I really need to know if the endangerment of kiwi birds cause cultural or economical issues. i hope you'll have a reply for this. Thanks!

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      Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania

      Since the Kiwibird became endangered it is highly illegal to kill,trap or harm the Kiwi, so now, the feathers used will be from birds that have died naturally ,or feathers shed during a natural malt. Often products may appear that actually are not genuine Kiwi feathers also.

      The Kiwibird is seen as National treasure in New Zealand ,much like the American Bald Eagle is in the United States.

      I also checked out Wikipedia ,you may find some more information or add it to your paper as a reference (and my link too)

      Good luck with your work.

      To your best life - Ekiwi

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiwi.

      I am part Maori and for the main part, all Native ,particularly endangered ones are respected. Children learn quite young why and how to respect their environment.

      Government also funds and renforces the survival of wildlife.

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      Jemal 7 years ago

      Thank you sooooo much again! You shold probably write a book about kiwis. I bet you'd do great! Thanks again!

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      VivekSri 7 years ago

      Thank you so much for making this hub so amazing. You should do more work on them and will love to have more such stocks. Do preserve them.

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      Eaglekiwi 6 years ago from -Oceania

      Viveksri

      Thankyou for your comments ,I appreciate it :)

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      kiwibird 6 years ago

      I had a project to do on kiwis. Your information helped(A LOT!)

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      Eaglekiwi 6 years ago from -Oceania

      Im glad my hub on the New Zealand Kiwi bird helped. I'm sure your project was great!

      Thankyou for your comments.

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      sajidkhhg 6 years ago

      Thanks for the very stimualting hub and yes, I did check out the research on the blackbird. It's very revealing what songs can tell us about the history of ourselves.

      Happy New Year, Chuck!

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      Eaglekiwi 6 years ago from -Oceania

      Ok great and you're very welcome. Thankyou for your encouraging comments.

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      Alexander Pease 6 years ago from Maine

      I thought that the kiwi birds were extinct. Hmm... I guess that they aren't AWESOME! I only hope that they can make a comeback like bald eagles did. A great hub about kiwi birds, it certainly opened my eyes.

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      Eaglekiwi 6 years ago from -Oceania

      No they are still alive,though certainly still on the endangered list.

      Much is being done by D.O.C (Department Of Conservation) with good success.

      I sure do respect the bald eagle-amazing bird.

      Hey appreciate your comments Alexander ,thanks for dropping by.

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      WhitneyNZ 6 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Nice hub! I love kiwi, and love how ingrained they are in the NZ culture.

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      Eaglekiwi 6 years ago from -Oceania

      WhitneyNZ

      Kia Ora! Thankyou for your kind words. I think they are an amazing bird too~

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      Apostle Jack 6 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      Love your work.

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      Eaglekiwi 6 years ago from -Oceania

      Thank-you for visiting my Hub and your kind words!

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      RalphGreene 6 years ago

      Such cute creatures. Another great hub. It is written in a unique way. Thanks.

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      Eaglekiwi 6 years ago from -Oceania

      Hi RalphGreene,

      Thankyou very much for your positive comments. I appreciate the feedback.

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      daviddwarren22 6 years ago

      Great hub on Kiwi birds! Very good work and researched.

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      Eaglekiwi 6 years ago from -Oceania

      Hi daviddwarren22

      Thankyou for your generous comments. Appreciate the feedback.

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      klarawieck 6 years ago

      Awwww... this hub is just too cute!!!

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      Eaglekiwi 6 years ago from -Oceania

      lol Thankyou for dropping in !

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      Brett Caulton 6 years ago from Thailand

      Great and interesting hub, voted up and awesome.

      They are unique creatures! I loved my time in New Zealand ... really hope to return someday.

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      Eaglekiwi 6 years ago from -Oceania

      Hi Brett,

      Thankyou! from me and the Kiwi.

      I didn't know you had been to my homeland,I cant wait to return someday too.

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      Murad 5 years ago

      The only thing that inspire me about New Zealand is the kiwi bird pictures and videos over the internet.I wish they were also found in our country.

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      Kiwi bird is really great..interesting post

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      Eaglekiwi 5 years ago from -Oceania

      htodd

      Thank-you for your kind comments .I am glad you enjoyed learning about the Kiwi bird Habitat.

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      sophie 5 years ago

      very good!!!!!!!

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      Eaglekiwi 5 years ago from -Oceania

      Hi sophie,

      Thanks for reading.

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      vidal ramdass 5 years ago

      incredable

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      tom germaine 5 years ago

      this website rocks thanks to the author

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      Eaglekiwi 5 years ago from -Oceania

      Thank you for your comments. I am glad you enjoyed learning about the New Zealand Kiwi bird.

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      hi 4 years ago

      cool

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      Eaglekiwi 4 years ago from -Oceania

      Thank you!

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      lyn 4 years ago

      need 4 work

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      Eaglekiwi 4 years ago from -Oceania

      Good luck

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Eaglekiwi

      A very interesting and enjoyable read. I love the way you wrote this hub in the first person or should I say (first bird) :)

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