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Metal Bird - Brown Kiwi

The kiwi has cat-like whiskers, hair-like plummage, nose-like nostrils and legs so powerful it can run at human-like speed! Incredible they are, but sadly not invincible – around 90% of kiwi chicks in the wild die, mostly killed by stoats and cats. Enter the other kind of amazing kiwi – ordinary, everyday human kiwis are actively protecting an area of 230,000 hectares to help prevent our national icon from becoming extinct – about the same size of the land area protected by DOC. Go the kiwis for the kiwi! We think the Metalbird kiwi will be a proud addition to any backyard.

Metal Bird's Kiwi is:

  • 43cm high by 31cm wide (includes measurement of the branch/spike)
  • Easily installed with the tap of a hammer (pre-drill hard wood)
  • Crafted in 3mm Corten® 'weathering' Steel to form a beautiful patina that changes with the seasons
  • A great gift for any proud kiwi 



Metalbird is the brainchild of Phil Walters, an industrial designer and lover of street art and New Zealand’s native flora and fauna.

His handcrafted artworks bring together his passions: the tough, 3mm Corten® steel and stencil design, a nod to his urban art roots. The birds are inspired by the mysterious, satirical street artist Banksy – the stencils look as if street art has turned 3D.

Metalbird started as a guerrilla street art project. All over New Zealand’s North Island, more than 40 life-sized, Metalbird stencils appeared. In parks, in fences and on power poles – anywhere you’d least expect. And people loved them.

"Our designs represent some of New Zealand’s most precious birdlife. Art isn’t just something you see on a gallery wall – it can be the way the light shines through a coloured window or the splash of spray-paint on a city overpass. Art can be something you see, hear, taste or touch. But most of all, it’s something you experience – bringing with it memories and emotions"