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Moa, kiwi lost flight independently

John Kerr posted in on May 15th, 2014.

Flightless birds of a feather don’t always flock together, at least in an evolutionary sense. While the moa and kiwi are both flightless birds and part of the species group known as ratites, they may have evolved to become non-flying species independently according to genetic research from a Canadian team – including New Zealander Prof […]

Australians claim Kiwi’s ancestor

John Kerr posted in on December 20th, 2013.

Is New Zealand’s national bird about to go the way of Phar Lapp, Crowded House and pavlova? The Aussies are almost claiming the Kiwi, but not quite. New research suggests that the Kiwi is not a dwarf version of the Moa, as some theories suggest, but in fact shares a common ancestor with the emu […]

Dom Post: Immigrant birds are ripping off Kiwi pick-up lines

Peter Griffin posted in on September 15th, 2010.

Kiran Chug writes in the Dominion Post about northern hemisphere bird species which have, according to scientists, picked up something of a local accent since arriving in New Zealand. More particularly, some of the introduced birds are actually mimicking the calls of native birds. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Non-native birds were now sounding […]

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