(Not So) Fun Fact: When Cats Devoured Flightless Birds in New Zealand

The Stephens Island Wren was a flightless bird that (in modern times) was found only on a small island in New Zealand. Around the year 1900, they all perished when cats were introduced to the island. A popular (but false) story is that all the birds were eaten by a cat named Tibbles, who belongedContinue reading “(Not So) Fun Fact: When Cats Devoured Flightless Birds in New Zealand”

Fun Fact: Closest Relatives To Kiwi Birds

While the New Zealand birds known as kiwis were thought to be very closely related to the flightless and extinct Moa they were much more distant cousins than scientists expected. DNA evidence proved that they are more closely related to Cassowary birds (that live in New Guinea and Australia), elephant birds (which had lived inContinue reading “Fun Fact: Closest Relatives To Kiwi Birds”