Feb 032018
In early push into Papua, palm oil firms set stage for massive forest plunder

JAKARTA – The clearing of Indonesia’s last untouched swath of pristine forest has begun in earnest, with an area the size of Washington, D.C., razed for just a single oil palm plantation in Papua province, new data show. Nearly 200 square kilometers (77 square miles) of forest have been cleared in Merauke district since 2014 […]

Dec 082017
Land of the birds: why Australia has the world's greatest diversity of avian life

If you live in Australia, you may not realise how unique and special the birds around you are. Our continent was perhaps the most important for the evolution of modern birds, with a majority of the world’s species tracing their ancestry here. Long ecologically adrift as an island continent, Australia benefited through the evolution of […]

Sep 182016
World’s biggest birds are stellar dads and unusual lovers

When Nathan Young asked “What’s the difference between an emu and an ostrich?” Weird Animal Question of the Week decided to explore the whole group to which those birds belong, the flightless ratites. As you’ll see, these birds are odd ducks (though there isn’t a duck in the bunch). Big Birds Don’t Fly The ratites […]

Aug 232015
Video: A cassowary, one of the world's most dangerous birds, in attack mode

Cassowaries are capable of inflicting fatal injuries on animals and humans. Luckily this one is only attacking a tree. Today, the Queensland government announced Australia’s only cassowary rehabilitation centre, which had been earmarked for closure, has been granted interim funding.       This article was first published by The Guardian on 11 Aug 2015. […]

May 282014
Why Fly? Flightless Bird Mystery Solved, Say Evolutionary Scientists

Large flightless birds are scattered across all but one of the world’s southern continents. Since Darwin’s era, people have wondered: How are they related? Ostriches, emus, cassowaries, rheas, and kiwis can’t fly. Unlike most birds, their flat breastbones lack the keel that anchors the strong pectoral muscles required for flight. Their puny wings can’t possibly […]

May 212012
Inside the Dinosaur Bird - The Australian Cassowary

If you missed seeing the video post on “Southern Cassowary – Survival Depends on Our Actions” – after Cyclone Larry in 2006 the following video gives you a different insight. Inside Nature’s Giants series, delivers an interesting gaze of the physiological links and special features of this modern bird – The Australian Cassowary.

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