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Bird nests

>In a message dated 95-12-06 13:00:37 EST, swf@ElSegundoCA.ATTGIS.COM (Stan
>Friesen) writes:
>>It is indeed one of the most characteristic features of birds that
>>they tend to put nest in out of the way places.

Nesting in trees is not a basal bird adaptation.  Many groups of birds
(ratites, megapodes, sea birds, anseriformes, etc.) nest on the ground, and
most of these nests are no more "out of the way" than are those of crocs',
lepidosaurs', or turtles'.

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist
Dept. of Geology
University of Maryland
College Park, MD  20742
Email:Thomas_R_HOLTZ@umail.umd.edu (th81)
Fax: 301-314-9661