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Re: T.Rex Feather Skepticism

At 11:35 PM 9/14/2005, T. Michael Keesey wrote:
are any ground birds altricial?

All of the Passeriformes are altricial, and many nest on the ground, including birds, including most of the larks that are highly terrestrial. In fact, with Passeriformes outnumbering all other birds put together, I would suspect that the number of ground-nesting birds with altricial young is quite high.

There are also ground-living woodpeckers, pigeons, and others besides those mentioned, including some that nest there (or at least on ledges or in crevices).

Ronald Orenstein
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