Kiwi: The People's Bird

Kiwi: The People's Bird


By (author) Neville Peat

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  • Publisher: Otago University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 193mm x 254mm x 15mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 3 November 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Dunedin
  • ISBN 10: 1877372366
  • ISBN 13: 9781877372360
  • Illustrations note: colour photos & maps
  • Sales rank: 1,019,952

Product description

Back in 1990, when Neville Peat wrote The Incredible Kiwi, New Zealand's national bird was in retreat from habitat loss and the severe impact of predation. The kiwi was not well understood, being nocturnal and hidden in the forest. During the 1990s, saving the kiwi became a popular cause. Community kiwi conservation projects have emerged all over the country. 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.' This book 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 flightless, semi-nocturnal bird have such a major place in the Kiwi nation's life? This new book by Neville Peat tells the story of the largest popular movement in support of an endangered native species that New Zealand has ever seen.

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Author information

Neville Peat has written many books on New Zealand natural history and other subjects, including the prize-winning Wild series with Brian Patrick. His most recent book is Hurricane Tim: The Story of Sir Tim Wallis.