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.