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Re: 11th specimen of Archaeopteryx
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On Tue, 25 Oct 2011, Jason Brougham wrote:
The literature on the Kagu universally mentions that they glide
downhill. It never mentions how far. So I wrote to Yves Letocart, who is
the Park Supervisor at the Riviere Bleu national Park in New Caledonia.
He started working to conserve the birds in 1980 and is probably single
handedly responsible for preventing their extinction. He very graciously
answered all of my questions and was very helpful. He is a real hero in
He insists that Kagus do not glide. He says that they flap, both when
running and in short bursts of flight, such as over streams. He measured
it and found that, if the stream is 4 meters wide or less, the birds
land on the opposite bank. Any wider and they fall in the water and swim
to the opposite bank.
There are actually a number of kagu videos on youtube (used search terms:
kagu bird) and got 53 hits. Only looked at a couple.
This one is interesting
about a minute in one does a threat display, throwing the wings out and
raising its crest...