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2011-08-10 13:00:00

Researchers say a jawbone found in Kazakhstan gives more evidence towards the theory that giant birds roamed the Earth during the same time as the dinosaur. The team said the new species had a skull about 12-inches long and would have stood 6 to 9 feet tall.  The researchers also said the bird would have had a wingspan of about 13 feet. The only other evidence of a bird of this size during the period was a fossilized spinal bone found in France and was reported in a 1995 paper in the...

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2011-07-20 02:45:00

SAN FRANCISCO, July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Once you have penguins in your pocket, you'll wonder how you ever got along without them. Pocket Penguins, a new app designed and developed by the California Academy of Sciences, offers users live views of the museum's colony of charismatic African Penguins 24 hours a day. Users can toggle between three different cameras in the exhibit, including an underwater vantage point, and watch for some of the birds' most endearing behaviors, including...

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2011-07-17 05:55:00

South African researchers are in the process of attaching satellite transmitters to young African penguins in an effort to track the endangered birds and perhaps one day discover a heretofore unknown breeding colony. According to the Telegraph, a total of five penguins are set to be part of the project, the first of which was released into the wild last month. The second--a six pound, 10 week old bird that goes by the name of Richie--was outfitted with a matchbox-sized transmitter on Friday....

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2011-06-22 09:00:00

Residents along the Kapiti Coast of New Zealand were treated with a rare visit by an Emperor penguin on Monday, astonishing wildlife experts, who say the bird was more than 1,900 miles away from its Antarctic home. The penguin, a juvenile male, arrived at a beach on the Kapiti Coast, 25 miles north of Wellington on Monday afternoon, said the Department of Conservation (DOC). DOC spokesman, Peter Simpson, said there is only one other recording of an Emperor penguin in New Zealand: at...

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2011-06-02 10:18:49

The mystery of how penguins stay warm  in Antarctic winter temperatures below -50 ° C with gale-force winds has been revealed by an international team of scientists. Time lapse video shows the birds move in almost imperceptible waves through tightly packed clusters of birds, which over time drastically change its structure, BBC News reports. Physicist Daniel P. Zitterbart from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany spent a recent winter making high-resolution video recordings...

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2011-05-25 07:55:00

Lucky number thirteen! The Pukaha Mount Bruce wildlife Center reintroduced the kiwi into the wild in 2003, but this year marks the New Zealand national wildlife center's most successful breeding season, ending with the thirteenth egg hatching into a rare white kiwi chick. "As far as we know, this is the first all-white chick to be hatched in captivity," says Pukaha Mount Bruce Board chairman, Bob Francis. "The intention of the transfer was to increase the kiwi gene pool at Pukaha and grow...

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2011-04-12 05:40:00

Young penguins in the Antarctic may be dying for lack of food, as melting sea ice reduces the numbers of small fish they consume as their primary food source, according to a new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The researchers found that just 10 percent of baby penguins tagged are returning in two to four years to breed, a drop of 40-50 percent since the 1970s. The study indicates that species often considered likely "winners" of climate...

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2011-04-10 06:15:00

Scientists have discovered that some penguins are suffering from a mysterious condition which causes them to lose their feathers. Researchers are puzzled by the appearance of "naked" penguins on both sides of the South Atlantic. This "feather-loss disorder" has been found to afflict penguin chicks in colonies in both South Africa and on the coast of Argentina. Dee Boersma, from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), said there were fears the condition was spreading to different species....

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2011-04-04 10:51:33

At least 300 penguins have died in the south Atlantic after a cargo ship leaked thousands of tons of heavy oil, diesel fuel and soya bean near Nightingale Island, a British territory part of the Tristan da Cunha archipelago. "I've seen about 15 to 20 dead penguins just today. The danger now is getting the rest of these penguins past that oil slick," director Trevor Glass told CNN. Local officials and conservationists claim that thousands more are covered in the ships' oil and diesel fuel. A...

2011-01-16 00:23:25

A female African blackfooted penguin at the Monterey Bay Aquarium laid two eggs last year, and both have now successfully hatched. The first chick on January 8, followed by a second on January 11, 2011. Monterey, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) January 14, 2011 The Monterey Bay Aquarium is pleased to announce that a second penguin egg has successfully hatched! On January 8, penguin parents Umngane and Dassen were the first to reveal that they had taken good care of their first egg. The second egg, also...


Latest Flightless birds Reference Libraries

Fuegian Steamer Duck, Tachyeres pteneres
2013-10-03 09:15:04

The Fuegian Steamer Duck (Tachyeres pteneres) known also as the Magellanic Flightless Steamer Duck, is a flightless duck located in South America. It belongs to the steamer duck genus Tachyeres. It inhabits the rocky coasts and coastal islands from southern Chile and Chiloe to Tierra del Fuego, switching to the adjacent sheltered lakes and bays further inland while breeding. It is a huge waterfowl measuring at 7.7 to 15 pounds and 26 to 33 inches with the males noticeably larger than the...

Geography Of Tristan Da Cunha
2013-04-19 20:51:41

Tristan da Cunha is an archipelago of five islands within the southern Atlantic Ocean, the biggest of which is the island of Tristan da Cunha itself and the second-biggest, the isolated bird haven Gough Island. It creates a portion of a wider territory named Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha which incorporates Saint Helena and Ascension Island. The main island, Tristan da Cunha, is fairly mountainous; the only flat area is the location of the capital, Edinburgh of the Seven...

Antarctic Silverfish, Pleuragramma antarcticum
2012-04-02 17:14:35

The Antarctic Silverfish, (Pleuragramma antarcticum), is a member of the Notothenioidei family of fish. It is widely distributed around the Antarctic, but has largely disappeared from the western side of the northern Antarctic Peninsula based on 2010 research funded by the National Science Foundation. It is also found throughout the Southern Ocean. It grows to an average size of 6 inches, but has been known to reach lengths of up to 10 inches. It is usually pink with a silver tint, and...

Tasmanian Native-hen, Gallinula mortierii
2009-06-30 23:16:20

The Tasmanian Native-hen (Gallinula mortierii) is a flightless rail, one of twelve species of birds common to the Australian island of Tasmania. Other common names include Narkie, Native-hen, and Waterhen. Locally, the bird is often referred to as a 'turbo chook'. This species was originally described in 1840 as Tribonyx mortierii. The name mortierii is in honor of Barthélemy Charles Joseph Dumortier. The Tasmanian Native-hen is a stocky flightless bird, typically between 17 and 20...

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2009-02-21 20:36:35

The Snowy Sheathbill (Chionis alba) also known as the Pale-faced Sheathbill, is a species of bird that is mostly terrestrial (ground dwelling). It is Antarctica's only permanently land-based bird species. It occurs in Antarctica, the Scotia Arc, the South Orkneys and South Georgia. The extreme southern populations migrate northward in the winter. The adult is about 15 to 16 inches long with a wingspan of 30 to 31.5 inches. It is pure white except for its bill and pink warty face. Its...

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