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Re: Feathering in coelurosaurs




Matthew Bonnan wrote:

On the avian side of things, ostriches, emus, and other large
ground birds are relatively drab as well.

Cassowaries (_Casuarius_, three spp.) are brightly colored. These are big ratite birds from northern Australia and New Guinea. The skin of the neck and head is brightly colored, as are the wattles that hang from the head. The wattles can be bright red. The skin of the face and throat may be blue or purple, the hue changing from the face to the throat. Other colors include green and yellow (such as the casque). The feathers are a glossy black.


There are nice pics at:

http://www.brookfield-zoo.mus.il.us/animals/cassowary.html
http://www.ozramp.net.au/~senani/cassow.htm


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