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Re: Flightless pterosaur question:
David Marjanovic wrote:
> No, moa. Kiwi have tiny wings with one fully formed finger
> remaining... and that finger bears a large claw.
Apparently this varies among individual kiwis:
David Peters wrote:
> Witness the Kagu:
> "The wings are not reduced in size like some other flightless birds,
> but they lack the musculature for flight."
Although incapable of flapping flight, the kagu (_Rhynchochetos jubatus_) is a
"It lives in forest and scrub, and when threatened it moves fast on its
chicken-like legs, running down mountain slopes and launching into a long and
low graceful glide away from danger. It is certainly the best glider of all
the flightless birds." From Roots, C. (2006) "Flightless Birds".
The second-best glider among flightless birds is the kakapo (_Strigops
habroptilus_), which uses its large wings to glide from trees to the ground.