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Re: Science feather strength debate



On Sat, Nov 13th, 2010 at 2:42 PM, Tim Williams <tijawi@gmail.com> wrote> Don 
Ohmes 
<d_ohmes@yahoo.com> wrote:

> Yes, definitely.  Flightless birds such as the kakapo and kagu, which
> use their wings for gliding, are capable of flapping their wings.  In
> both these birds, the supporting musculature is too weak to sustain
> flight.

Perhaps "too weak" to sustain flight, but anyone who has ever had a kakapo try 
to mate with the 
back of their head can attest to the strength of its flapping musculature:

http://scienceblogs.com/grrlscientist/2009/10/shagged_by_a_rare_parrot.php

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Dann Pigdon
Spatial Data Analyst               Australian Dinosaurs
Melbourne, Australia               http://home.alphalink.com.au/~dannj
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