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Extinct Moa Females Up To Three Times Larger Than Males
2013-04-10 13:30:01

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.

Elephant Bird Egg, Dodo Femur Up For Auction
2013-03-28 18:21:48

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

2012-12-12 05:03:32

Country Divine has announced the release of its newly designed website, which is aimed at bringing the benefits of emu oil to the public.

2012-09-27 23:02:11

Studies conducted by researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell found that physically refined emu oil may offer more important health benefits.

Birds In New Zealand Face Extinction
2012-08-05 19:50:05

Keys to survival today differ from those of the past.

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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.

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2011-05-25 07:55:00

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.


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2006-10-19 13:28:36

The tinamous are one of the most ancient groups of bird, members of a South American bird family of about 47 species in 9 genera. Although they look similar to other ground-dwelling birds like quail and grouse, they have no close relatives and are classified as a single family. The tinamous range is from South America and north to Mexico. They occur in a wide range of habitats. Tinamous are distantly related to the ratites, the order Struthioniiformes that includes the rheas, Emu, and...

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2006-10-19 13:26:41

The Rhea is a large flightless bird native to South America. American Rheas live in grassland, savanna, scrub forest, chaparral, and even desert, but prefer areas with at least some tall vegetation. Darwin's Rhea lives in areas of open scrub in the grasslands of Patagonia and on the Andean plateau. It is classified as endangered throughout its range. The Common Rhea, Rhea americana, is not only the largest species of rhea, but also the largest bird in the Americas. Adults weigh up to 66...

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2006-10-19 13:24:18

A kiwi is any of the species of small flightless birds endemic to New Zealand of the genus Apteryx (the only genus in family Apterygidae). There are currently six recognized species of kiwi: Great Spotted Kiwi, Apteryx haastii, distributed through the more mountainous parts of northwest Nelson, the northern West Coast, and the Southern Alps. Little Spotted Kiwi, Apteryx owenii, on Kapiti Island. The North Island Brown Kiwi, Apteryx mantelli, is widespread in the northern two-thirds of...

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2006-10-19 13:20:44

Cassowaries, Casuarius, are very large flightless birds native to the tropical forests of New Guinea and northeastern Australia. Cassowaries are part of the ratite group of birds that include the emu, rhea, ostrich, moa, and kiwi. There are three species of Cassowary recognized today: The Southern Cassowary of Australia and New Guinea; the Dwarf Cassowary of New Guinea and New Britain; and the Northern Cassowary of New Guinea. Some nearby islands have small populations of these birds, but it...

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2006-09-25 15:26:54

The Emu, Dromaius novaehollandiae, is the largest bird native to Australia and the only existing member of the genus Dromaius. It is also the second largest bird in the world by height, after the ostrich. The Emu is common over most of mainland Australia, although it avoids heavily populated areas, dense forest and arid areas. There are three existing subspecies in Australia: In the southeast, D. novaehollandiae novaehollandiae. In the north, D. novaehollandiae woodwardi. In the...

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