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2010-10-21 09:40:23

Think of it as Habitat for Penguinity. A University of Washington conservation biologist is behind the effort to build nests in the barren rocks of the Galápagos Islands in the hope of increasing the population of an endangered penguin species. Just as Habitat for Humanity crews help build houses for people who need shelter, Dee Boersma's team in late September built 120 "condominiums" for penguins. The trio created holes just large enough to serve as nests along the volcanic shoreline...

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2010-10-01 06:05:00

Paleontologists have unearthed the fossilized remains of a giant penguin in Peru that lived 36 million years ago.  The discovery is the first extinct penguin ever found with preserved evidence of scales and feathers, the researchers said. The new species, dubbed Inkayacu paracasensis, or Water King, had feathers that were reddish brown and grey, distinct from the black tuxedoed look of modern day penguins.  At nearly five feet tall, the Inkayacu was one of the largest penguins ever...

2010-08-26 15:36:00

WATERBURY, Vt., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- In June, Quark Expeditions and SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment launched a travel contest that invited North Americans to share their passion for the environment. The prize is a $45,000 icebreaker expedition for two to Antarctica accompanied by SeaWorld Animal Ambassador, Julie Scardina. A week before the contest ends, the contest sponsors have announced the names of the winner selection committee. From SeaWorld, Animal Ambassador Julie Scardina,...

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2010-07-22 13:28:19

Will Adelie Penguins, attempting to cope with climate change, go extinct because they can't find food in the darkness of the Antarctic winter?  A recent paper published in the scientific journal Ecology presents this finding: Adelie Penguins need both ice and light, even just twilight, to find food in the winter. As climate change causes the winter ice to retract south into the darkness, penguins won't have what they need to survive and could ultimately face extinction as a result. ...

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2010-07-12 09:20:00

Courtship calls tell penguin females how fat a male is and what kind of father he'll be How does a female penguin choose a mate? Courtship calls help females decide which males are likely to be devoted dads, says a study in the journal Behaviour. Antarctic penguins come on land for just a few short months each summer to breed and raise their chicks. Raising a family in the coldest place on earth is no small feat. Adelie penguins pull it off by tag-team parenting, the researchers explained....

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2010-02-10 15:06:59

A colony of threatened penguins in South Africa have a little less too worry about after a ban has been placed on purse-seine fishing around the local region, according to marine biologists on Wednesday. The African penguin population dropped by 60 percent in the last 9 years, due to human fish trawling and climate change that is taking a toll on their local food supply. A drop in anchovies and sardines, means a drop in African penguins. There are an estimated 26,000 surviving pairs...

2009-09-22 11:08:32

Authorities in Mississippi said they had to handcuff an emu and shock it with a Taser to remove the ostrich-like flightless bird from a roadway. Scott County sheriff's deputies said they initially received reports Friday of two emus on Interstate 20 and Highway 80, but they were unable to locate either of the animals until further calls Sunday placed one of the birds on the I-20 on-ramp in Forest, WBLT-TV, Jackson, Miss., reported Tuesday. Officer Kiley Culpepper said deputies had to use...

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2009-08-01 07:48:05

Jessica Meir goes to extreme environments to learn how birds and mammals thrive in conditions that humans cannot tolerate, and she tells readers all about it My main research interest is physiology in extreme environments, particularly those with low levels of oxygen. Animals that thrive in such "hypoxic" environments are ideal species to investigate for how their physiology responds. In addition, studying adaptations to hypoxia in animals at high altitude, during hibernation, or in diving...

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2009-07-16 09:36:07

In parts of Australia, including Sydney Harbor, something is killing penguins. The bodies were covered in bite marks, and their stomachs were cut open. It is not clear what exactly is killing the penguins. Officials are ruling out humans. The bites indicate that it might be foxes, which carry their prey in their mouths and shake it, stated Sally Barnes, head of the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service. To the "Penguin Wardens," a 30-member volunteer group of penguin defenders...

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2009-07-12 11:45:00

Linda the penguin has split up two male penguins who lived as a nesting couple for six years at the San Francisco Zoo, caretakers said. Male penguins Harry and Pepper had been so content together they were allowed to incubate and hatch an egg laid by another Magellanic penguin last year, zookeeper Anthony Brown said. Of all of the parents that year, they were the best. They took very good care of their chick, Brown told the San Francisco Examiner in a story published Saturday. Enter the widow...


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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