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Re: Testing for arboreality

Jerry D. Harris wrote:

> It's a very different thing to fly
> through the air and land on a branch to be "arboreal" than to have to
> scamper up the trunk and then manipulate ones way through numerous branches
> to get to the same point!

Perhaps the closest thing to an "arboreal" bird (depending on how
strictly you define arboreality) is the New Zealand Kokako. It is a weak
flyer, prefering to clamber up to higher branches and then glide to
lower ones. In the "Life of Birds" series, Sir Dave refers to it as the
bird equivalent of a squirrel.


        Dann Pigdon
        GIS Archaeologist
        Melbourne, Australia

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