Birds on Islands Are Losing the Ability to Fly
"The call of the ground is a strong one, and it exists even when the skies are still an option. Natalie Wright from the University of Montana demonstrated this by collecting data on 868 species. She showed that even when island birds can still fly, they’re edging towards flightlessness. Compared to mainland relatives, their flight muscles (the ones we eat when we tuck into chicken breasts) are smaller and their legs are longer." ‎- maitani
I suppose their colouration would also change. That kakapo looks like a mossy rock. ‎- Ken Morley
who's a pretty bird! ‎- Meg Vmeg