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Takahe (Rare Flightless New Zealand Bird) on the come-back.



Nice photo of a beautifully-colored ground bird, (takahe) with an
accompanying
story.

See it here:
http://www.abcnews.com/sections/science/DailyNews/takahe980708.html

ABC science news/Reuters says that the takahe "evolved from the alpine
rail".
If true, it makes a neat before-and-after picture of the evolution to
flightlessness. I can't tell from the photo if those are hair-like
feathers on it's torso or fully-formed feathers.  It still has a
full-feathered
tail, though...(probably one of the last things to go in returning to
flightlessness is a hot-sexy tail; Caudipteryx-analog???).
                     <pb>