Latest Flightless bird Stories
In an extreme case of mistaken identity, paleontologists have announced that the 6-foot tall ‘terror bird,' which inhabited Europe between 55 to 40 million years ago, may have been herbivorous and not a meat eater as previously thought.
For New Zealand’s extinct, flightless giant moa, females often weighed three times as much as her male suitors say researchers, exhibiting an extreme form of sexual dimorphism.
It isn’t something that anyone expects to find in an Easter Egg hunt this coming weekend, but a sub-fossilized egg from an extinct type of bird could reach a lofty price when it goes to auction
Project Runway winner is teaming up with model and Cornell University veterinary student to save the last 127 Kakapo Parrots from extinction by designing a sustainable dress representing the parrot
Keys to survival today differ from those of the past.
A remarkable first occurred recently at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History when ornithologists used 700- to 1,100-year-old feathers from a long extinct species of Hawaiian ibis to help determine the bird's place in the ibis family tree.
Scientists suggest that an extinct flightless bird from Jamaica fought rivals and predators using wings which evolved into clubs.
Fifty million years ago, when what is now Washington state was covered with a verdant subtropical rainforest, a 380-pound flightless bird called Diatryma stalked the floodplains of the regionâ€™s meandering rivers.
The flightless ostrich uses its wings very effectively in high-performance running and may provide valuable information about how its dinosaur ancestors moved.
Many animal species such as snakes, insects and fish have evolved camouflage defenses to deter attack from their predators.
The Hawaiian Rail (Porzana sandwichensis), known also as the Hawaiian Crake or the Hawaiian Spotted Rail, was a rather enigmatic species of minuscule rail that resided on Big Island of Hawaii, but is currently extinct. A dark form and a lighter form are known. There is considerable confusion by the existence of two distinct forms. While it can’t be completely excluded that early specimens were collected on another island, only O’ahu and Kaua’I seem plausible given the history of...
The Samoan Wood Rail (Gallinula pacifica), known also as the Samoan Moorhen, is a nearly flightless rail that is native to the Samoan island of Savai’I, and most likely extinct. As it has evolved adaptations for a more terrestrial lifestyle and at least partly nocturnal habits, it is mostly likely better placed in a distinct genus, Pareudiastes, but this problem hasn’t yet been thoroughly researched. It was known as puna’e to the native Samoans; that was said to relate to the birds...
The Spectacled Cormorant or the Pallas’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax perspicillatus) is an extinct marine bird of belonging to the cormorant family of seabirds that lived on the Bering Island and possibly other places within the Komandorski Islands and the nearby coast of Kamchatka. It is the biggest species of cormorant known to have ever existed. It was initially identified by Georg Steller in 1741 on Vitus Bering’s disastrous second Kamchatka expedition. He explained the bird as large,...
The Red Rail (Aphanapteryx bonasia) is an extinct and flightless rail. It was native to the Mascarene island of Mauritius, east of Madagascar within the Indian Ocean. It had a close relative on Rodrigues Island, the likewise extinct Rodrigues Rail, with which it’s sometimes considered congeneric. Its relationship with other rail isn’t clear. Rails frequently evolve flightlessness when adapting to isolated islands. It was slightly larger than a chicken and had reddish and hair-like...
The Atitlan Grebe (Podilymbus gigas), also known as the Giant Grebe, Giant Pied-billed Grebe, and Poc, is an extinct species of water bird. It was endemic to Lago de Atitlan in Guatemala at an altitude of 5,600 feet above sea level. Before the bird became extinct, it was extensively studied by American ecologist Anne LaBastille for 25 years. Due to this, its decline is comprehensively known. The Atitlan Grebe reached a length of about 18 to 19.6 inches. Its appearance was similar to the...
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