Saturday, December 5, 2015

Kiwis, not the fruit, eat robins eggs, but not those robins.

To a yank like myself, Kiwis are completely mysterious. They're part of a group of birds called ratites, which includes ostriches, emus, and rheas. I tell my classes that Kiwis use their long bills to probe the ground for arthropods. 

Kiwi bird genome sequenced

Apparently, kiwis have a side to them that was unknown to ornithologists. Apparently, like many many organisms, they enjoy bird eggs. In this case, the New Zealand Robin was the victim. 

Here is a link to the video

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