The earliest bird may have descended from this sci-fi looking creature. It is interesting how they can pinpoint specific attributes that it shared in common with birds because I wouldn’t have seen it immediately. It has what would appear to be tail feathers or perhaps even three tails with feathers. I would be frightened to see this bird. It looks big but apparently it is small. I would still be scared of it. From this (Epidexipteryx hui) to the first known bird, the Archaeopteryx, is a bit of a stretch but human evolution is a bit of a stretch too. Things evolve in interesting ways to meet their own needs and survive or even thrive. I wonder if anyone has made a drawing in size [&hellip

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The bird of the day is the Cassowary. It is a shy, flightless bird and has no problem getting aggressive, if needed. It prefers to live deep in the forest far away from people. And it should stay that way. I read that hand-feeding the cassowary is extremely dangerous to the animal and aiding in its demise, so don’t do it! These birds are very interesting indeed. One of the cassowaries (the Southern) is the 2nd heaviest extant bird in the world after the ostrich and third tallest (after ostrich and emu). It sorta looks like it is in that family of birds, doesn’t it? Interestingly enough the females are both bigger and more brightly colored. This is different than many birds. YAY! WOMAN COLOR [&hellip

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Cassowary Deathstare Originally uploaded by Mr Magoo ICU Bird, bird, bird…bird is the word… I’d say “scary”… scary is the word with that stare, particularly after everything I’ve read about this bird. We should still save him. Meet our next bird of the day… The Cassowary

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Secretary Bird, Sagittarius serpentarius Originally uploaded by Mark Cummins Remember a few days ago when we chose the Secretary Bird for the bird of the day? Well, I found this picture on flickr and was very excited to see a bird I recognized. YAY! =) Here is what the photographer said about the Secretary Bird: About The Secretary bird is a bird of prey, but unlike other raptors it has long legs, wings and a tail. The single species of its family, the bird gets its name from its crest of long feathers that look like the quill pens 19th century office workers used to tuck behind their ears. The bird is basically dove-grey in color, with black on the wings, thighs and elongated central [&hellip

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The kiwi is a flightless, endangered bird found only in New Zealand (and is also their national symbol). It is sad to think of any bird going extinct. I cringe at the thought. I am saddened by the loss of life. (I am sharing the following information directly from Wikipedia) Currently, there are five accepted species (one of which has four sub-species), plus one to be formally described. * The largest species is the Great Spotted Kiwi or Roroa, Apteryx haastii, which stands about 45 cm (17.7 inches) high and weighs about 3.3 kg. (Males about 2.4 kg) It has grey-brown plumage with lighter bands. The female lays just one egg, with both sexes incubating. Population is estimated to be over 20,000, distributed through the [&hellip

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This Australian bird has a large mouth like a frog so it can eat a wide variety of insects and small things like rats, mice, and frogs. It resembles an owl but it is not an owl, rather it is related to the kingfishers and kookaburras. He blends well into his environment given that his feathers resemble the bark of a tree and he has the ability to hold very still. They are considered “parasitic” because they lay their eggs in other birds’ nest and leave it to be raised by the other birds. Lazy parenting! Where are social services when you need them? (Just kidding!)

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I found this bird on accident but it was sooooo colorful I had to share it with all of you! I hope you enjoy him. The Lilac Breasted Roller eats grasshoppers, beetles, occasionally lizards, crabs, and small amphibians. They are African birds found mostly grasslands, open woods and in palm trees. They like to sing loud and proud. According to Krugerpark.co.za, they get their name from their impressive courtship flight, a fast, shallow dive from considerable elevation with a rolling or fast rocking motion, accompanied by loud raucous calls

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Ok, so today’s bird was picked for me. It is the “Secretary Bird” also known as Sagittarius serpentarius. It is from Africa. Someone found this very interesting bird on flickr and we didn’t know what kind of bird it was, so we started an internet hunt. He thought it was a member of the raptor family. I thought it was a member of the emu family. He was right. =) This bird is HUGE! It is 4 feet tall and has a wingspan of 6.6 feet! And its a carnivore being a raptor! Scary! The sexes look similar but the male has longer tail and head feathers. This bird is the official national emblem of Sudan. And according to Wikipedia, Secretary Birds have two distinct [&hellip

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