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RE: Dromornithids and size limits.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but how on Earth would ostriches compete with
cheetahs? One is cursorial grazer, the other a cursorial predator. How can
the bird compete with the mammal if the two of them fill different niches?
As far as I know, in southern and eastern Africa, ostriches are uncommon
elements of the cheetah diet.
And cheetahs do range across northern Africa and parts of the Sahara, albeit
in much reduced numbers. (Hunting being the main culprit.)
----Original Message Follows----
From: "Jaime A. Headden" <email@example.com>
Subject: RE: Dromornithids and size limits.
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2004 20:33:39 -0700 (PDT)
1. No mammal has successfully invaded a typically avian habitat, nor has
a bird, that we know of, have done the same to a mammalian habitat. This
does not mean that either is inferior to the other. Does an ostrich not
provide enough competition to prevent successful cheetah invasion into
Jaime A. Headden
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