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Most of us know that the colloquial word for New Zealanders is “kiwi.” But how many of us know why?
I had thought it was because of the kiwi fruit.
Turns out New Zealanders being called “kiwi” stems from the flightless Kiwi bird native to New Zealand.
At around the size of a domestic chicken, kiwi are by far the smallest living ratites but they lay the largest egg in relation to their body size of any species of bird in the world. The bird is a national symbol of New Zealand, which is why the term Kiwi is used, all over the world, as the colloquial demonym for New Zealanders.
Here is what an adult North Island Brown Kiwi looks like:
And now, here’s the reason for the song “You must have been a beautiful baby.”
Allow me to introduce you to beautiful baby “Manukura” — a rare all-white kiwi chick photographed only days after being hatched on May 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand.
The photo was provided by the Pukaha Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre in New Zealand. Manukura is suspected to be the first white chick born in captivity. The chick is the 13th of 14 baby kiwis hatched at the wildlife centre this season.
[Source: Yahoo news]