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Kiwis, a nickname used by Pakeha (non-Maori) New Zealanders, are named after a unique flightless bird about the size of a large chicken. The Kiwi was named by the Maori after it's call which sounds like keeee weeee. How the nickname stuck is unknown but nothing else exists like it in the world and New Zealanders like to think that we are unique. We ARE NOT named after the small brown fruit. In New Zealand they are called Kiwifruit never ever just "Kiwi" the kiwifruit was a marketing name as New Zealand was the first place where they were grown commercialy but they never got around to trademarking the name.

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New Zealand's national bird is the the Kiwi

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New Zealand (only non-maori call themselves kiwi).

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Do kiwis fly and why?

The kiwi is a flightless bird.

Which country kiwis bird belong?

Kiwi or kiwis are flightless birds and native to New Zealand.

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The flightless bird called the kiwi does not eat lamb. The kea eats sheep and lambs.

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Where did kiwis originate?

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