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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...

2009-06-18 17:00:22

One dad at the National Zoo in Washington -- a male rhea -- is learning that raising children gets easier as time goes on. The zoo's adult male rhea will be celebrating his second straight Father's Day with a brood of his own, having incubated and raised his charges once they were hatched, the zoo said in a news release Thursday. The four chicks, hatched May 8, are reaping the benefits of dad having a year of paternity under his wing. Zoo officials said he seemed unruffled about being a...

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2009-06-04 15:35:21

Germany's Bremerhaven zoo reports that two "gay" adult male penguins have hatched a chick and are now acting as its adoptive parents. The male penguins, Z and Vielpunkt, were given an egg that had been rejected by its biological parents, the zoo said on Wednesday. Z and Vielpunkt reported to be happily rearing the chick, which is now four weeks old. Bremerhaven zoo made headlines in 2005 when it announced plans to "test" the sexual orientation of penguins with homosexual qualities. Three...

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2009-06-02 10:20:00

Scientists often struggle to discover colonies of emperor penguins in Antarctica, but a study on Tuesday revealed how following trails of penguin poop on satellite images could lead them to the source. Antarctica has a landmass that it about one-and-a-half times larger than that of the US. To make matters worse for researchers, emperor penguins breed on sea ice, which experts predict will shrink in the future due to global warming. "We know that emperor penguins rely on sea ice to breed -...

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2009-05-20 16:10:00

Experts said Wednesday that African penguins are disappearing at an alarming rate due to depleted food stocks from commercial fishing and global warming affects on breeding patterns, The AFP reported. A statement issued after an international African penguin conference in Cape Town said: "Last year there were only about 26,000 pairs of African Penguins left in southern Africa (this represents their global population) "” a decline of about 121,000 breeding pairs since 1956." Urgent...

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2009-05-13 09:00:00

Made popular with movies like "March of the Penguins" and "Happy Feet," the penguin in reality has a mysterious life, sometimes living for months in the ocean before coming back to land. Zoologists have long wondered where the penguin, famed for its quirkiness and funny walk, goes throughout these long periods of time in the ocean. French scientists, in a study available on Wednesday, think they have the answer. A research team from National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) placed...

2009-03-10 13:56:38

For the second time in eight years, a Toronto sculptor's aluminum penguin has been stolen, thousands of miles from the site of the first theft in Canada. Yolanda vanderGaast created three of the 3-foot Emperor penguin sculptures in 2001, which entrepreneur and philanthropist Louis Odette purchased and donated to the southwestern Ontario city of Windsor. One of the penguins was stolen, and despite a well-publicized police media blitz and divers scouring the Detroit River, it was never found,...

2009-02-09 10:39:50

A 6-foot-tall South American bird, a rhea, destroyed several gardens in the English county of Worcestershire after escaping from a farm, the bird's owner says. Sharon Gould, who owns the large rhea bird, said the animal escaped Gouldise Poultry farm by scaling a 3-foot-high fence and soon was on a 7-hour spree of destruction in the area, The Daily Telegraph said Monday. We think he got spooked by a dog and jumped out of his pen and made off across the fields, Gould said of the recent escape...


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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