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Flightless Birds

All birds have wings, but not all use them for flight. Learn about the world's flightless bird species in this category.

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How are emus and ostriches different from each other?

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There are several differences between emus and ostriches.

  • Emus are native to Australia, whilst ostriches are native to Africa.
  • Emus have darker colouring, with dark brown, grey and black fine feathers. Ostriches have thicker and lighter plumage.
  • An ostrich is bigger than an emu. An emu weighs between 66 and 99 pounds (30-45kg). An ostrich weighs about 300 pounds.
  • The ostrich is faster and is, in fact, the world's fastest two-legged animal. An ostrich can sprint at 65 Kilometres per hour (40 miles per hour) and an emu can sprint at 50 kph, or 30 mph.
  • Ostriches are unusual among the ratites (flightless birds) as they have only two toes on each foot. Emus and other ratites have three toes.

Are penguins better than owls?

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yes because

  • owls are noisy
  • penguins don't make any sound
  • owls are evil

in my opinion they are

How has human beings threatened the kakapo?

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they have been killed off by by humans and the animals to dramatic numbers then the animals on the main land have driven them to off shore islands like stewart island

,codfish island and anchor island and with there slow reproduction rate they will take a while for their numbers to increase.

What are the forty species of flightless birds?

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I can't name 40, but I can give the names of a few...

Penguin

Emu

Ostrich

Cassowary

Kiwi

Rhea

Takahe- a flightless bird thought to be extinct but found again in New Zealand

Kakapo- a rare ground parrot from New Zealand. This bird lives in a borrow. I can make a loud booming sound which can be heard from 5 km away!

What do penguins do in the autumn?

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fish for food to their new born baby penguins or take care of the new born penguins

What is an owls shelter?

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Owls usually just sleep sitting upright in either trees or in the rafters of barns.

Which Bird is endangered because feather are used to decorate hats?

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Back in the everglades, when people ( Calusas,Spanish Conquistadors, and Creek Indians) just started to move in, there were clouds of white egrets(type of bird). Then, hunters shot them by the tens and thousands and sold them to decorate womens' hats. Almost none can be found now. The Calusas were very nature loving so they probably didn't kill the egrets. The Spanish Conquistadors drove the Calusas out of their territory in the everglades but then left because they were afraid of the flesh-ripping saw grass and huge roaring animals such as alligators and panthers so the Spanish probably didn't kill them either. Some Creek Indians a.k.a Seminole Indians still live here today so it was probably them. If not, maybe it was hunters who came in later.

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Are penguins flightless birds?

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Yes, a penguin is flightless. Similar to other flightless birds like the ostrich, they lack proper flying anatomy. They have flippers that allow them to swim instead.

Why do kakapo have green feathers?

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Kakapo are not the only birds with green feathers. Peacocks have green amongst feathers, as do many species of parrot besides the kakapo. In the case of the kakapo, being a flightless, nocturnal parrot with very few defensive mechanisms, it needs to remain unseen. Therefore, camouflage is one of its most effective defences, and the reason why its feathers are mottled green and yellow. The green feathers have similar colouring to leaves in the kakapo's habitat and allow the kakapo to blend in with its environment. When a kakapo senses a predator, its first instinct is to freeze. This, coupled with the bird's green colouring, renders it almost invisible to many predators, especially humans, who used to hunt the kakapo for food.

Is a Kakapo bird a fast runner?

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No. Kakapo, being flightless, are the heaviest of all parrot species. Like other parrots, they are not built for running. Their feet have two claws facing forwards and two facing backwards. This characteristic makes them very efficient climbers, but is completely unsuitable for running.

Can you name me five different types of flightless birds?

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Here are some flightless birds: Non-Extinct: * Emu * Ostrich * Penguin * Grebes * Kiwi * Rhea * Domestic Turkey * Silkie Extinct: * Moa * Dodo * Elephant Birds * Giant Hoopoe * Reunion Sacred-Ibis * Red Rail * Cuban Flightless Crane * Stephens Island Wren There are many more, go to Wikipedia to see them, I have only named a few.

Where would you find a takahe?

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The only lace one could find a kakapo now is on certain offshore islands of southern New Zealand. Because of predation by cats, dogs, stoats and rats, and the status of the kakapo as "critically endangered", all remaining kakapo have been moved to protected islands where their progress is carefully monitored. In 2014, they are now found only on Anchor Island, Codfish Island (Whenua Hou) and Little Barrier Island (Hauturu). These islands are essentially made up of thick bushland which is closest to the kakapo native habitat.

Why do birds that can't fly have wings?

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Because they have the same characteristics such as warm-blooded, egg-laying, feathered vertebrates of the class Aves, having forelimbs modified to form wings.

What distinguishes Birds from other animals is the presence of feathers.

What is the weight of the Kakapo?

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The kakapo is not the heaviest bird in the world; it is the heaviest parrot and also the world's only flightless parrot. Its bone and muscle structure are different to that of other birds, and this is one of the reasons why it is unable to fly.

What does a Whipperwill look like?

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like this

they camouflage really well on the ground.

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What is the fastest flightless bird?

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The fastest flightless bird is the ostrich. Yes, it can sprint as fast as a horse galloping.
Ostrich

An ostrich can sprint at 65 Kilometres per hour (40 miles per hour) and an emu can sprint at 50 kph, or 30 mph. The ostrich can also maintain a cruising speed of 50kph.
There aren't too many bird that actually live in land but a few I can think of would be the burrowing owl, bee-eaters, parakeets, and mud swallows. The fastest of this group would be the swallow - when it is flying of course. While they are in land all these birds are pretty much stationary.
Contrary to popular belief the Ostrich is the fastest running bird and has been known to reach speeds as high as 40 miles per hour.

How many kakapo are left in the wild?

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According to a report from February 2012, the population of the kakapo at that stage stood at 127. This was down from a high of 131 in the previous breeding season. This flightless, nocturnal parrot of New Zealand is critically endangered.

Can cock fly?

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Yes, but the ones in pet stores have their wings clipped to prevent them from flying away.

What do penguins skin feel like?

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Penguin feathers are very soft on the back, since they have several layers and for confort they will need to be extra "cushy" which means they're like cushions. On the front however, it is more smooth and oily. Since penguins tobbagan on their bellies it would be very slick and fine :D

Which Australian birds are flightless?

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Australia does not have ten flightless birds. Only the emu and the southern cassowary are truly flightless.

What is an extinct bird that cannot fly?

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One flying reptile that is extinct is a pterosaur.
Pteranodon

What is a pukekos life cycle?

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Stage 1. Egg

Stage 2. Chick

Stage 3. Juvenile

Stage 4. Adult

(this is a complete metamorphosis)

How many legs are on a kakapo?

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Kakapo are not found anywhere else in the world apart from New Zealand. They are endemic to that country, and they are not housed in any zoos anywhere else.

According to a report from February 2012, the population of the kakapo at that stage stood at 127. This was down from a high of 131 in the previous breeding season. This flightless, nocturnal parrot of New Zealand is listed as critically endangered.

How does the kakapo parrot reproduce?

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Tarsiers are very timid so it is very hard for them to find a mate/partner. Tarsiers meet up in the day to sleep that is were they find a mate/partner. I am not very sure but by looking at a tarsiers it would look like if it gives birth like a human.

(this is what i think)

My opinion