Kiwi; 1033



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There are three species of kiwi. They are all flightless and about the same size as domestic hens. The body is cone-shaped, tapering from the muscular legs to the small head and its long slender bill with nostrils near the tip. Being flightless they lack the highly developed pectoral muscles, so the skeleton is modified, and the plumage is loose and hair-like. This gives the bird a permanently shaggy appearance, which is added to by the 'cat's whiskers' round the base of the bill. The feathers were used by Maori for decorating their woven garments.

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