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2008-09-11 18:01:43

Ostriches, emus, kiwis and other winged non-flyers might seem to be birds of a feather, sharing similar evolutionary origins, but the story could turn out to be much weirder, with perhaps numerous flying ancestors. This group of birds, called ratites, has been viewed by biologists as part of a larger group (paleognaths) of mostly extinct birds that are key to understanding the early evolution of birds. All living ratites are found in the Southern Hemisphere and share features associated...

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2008-09-04 11:38:18

Large flightless birds of the southern continents "“ African ostriches, Australian emus and cassowaries, South American rheas and the New Zealand kiwi "“ do not share a common flightless ancestor as once believed. Instead, each species individually lost its flight after diverging from ancestors that did have the ability to fly, according to new research conducted in part by University of Florida zoology professor Edward Braun. The new research, which appears this week in the...


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2006-10-19 13:31:49

The Great Tinamou is a species of bird native to Central and South America, one of about 47 species of tinamou. It is 17 inches long, 38.8 ounces in weight and approximately the size and shape of a small turkey. It is gray-brown in color and well-camouflaged in the rainforest under-story*. The Great Tinamou has a distinctive call, three short but powerful piping notes which can be heard in its rainforest habitat in the early evenings. This is a polygynandrous* species, and one that...

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2006-10-19 13:29:50

The White-throated Tinamou, Tinamus guttatus, is a species of bird native to the Amazon rainforest of Brazil. They inhabit forests as well as bush. These birds measure between 12.5 to 14.2 inches in length. They eat seeds, fruits and invertebrates. They lay a clutch of 4 or 5 eggs of an intense blue green color. It is a relatively abundant species in its habitat and the main threat to it is deforestation.

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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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2006-09-25 14:51:38

The Elegant Crested Tinamou, Eudromia elegans, is a medium-sized, up to 16.2 inches long, partridge-like bird found in the grassland and savanna of Chile and Argentina. This bird is dark or yellowish brown with a short tail and wings. There are two white stripes on the side of the face. There is a long crest with pointed upward tip. The feet have no hind toes and the bluish or grayish legs are short and strong. They are a very earthly bird. The diet of the Elegant Crested Tinamou...

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2006-09-15 04:58:40

The Andean Tinamou, Nothoprocta pentlandii is a member of the most ancient groups of bird families, the tinamous. It is 25.5-30cm in size. This species is found in western South America. It inhabits grassy slopes, scrub, meadows. The binomial commemorates the Irish traveller Joseph Barclay Pentland (1797-1873).

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