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    Mistaken Identity

    NewsStrange but TrueWednesday 11 May 2011
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    Oops! Almost as quickly as the story hit the headlines, it has been debunked – the kiwi bird found thousands of miles from home in the Russian Black Sea port city of Sochi has been proven to be a case of mistaken identity. It has been confirmed that the so-called kiwi bird – known to be flightless, occasionally aggressive and not prone to long-haul travel – was a common bittern that was wrongly identified by a Russian official. Doh!

     

    Bittern are in the heron family of birds and, like the kiwi, have been listed as endangered because of their declining population.

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