ratite


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ratite

any flightless bird that lacks a keel on the sternum, for example, ostrich, rhea or emu.

ratite

a running bird with flat, raft-like sternum and strong muscular legs, e.g. ostrich.
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Here there is the added difficulty that there are no large forest ratites suitable for New Zealand's climate, and there are only, as Dr.
Its ratite relatives (other large flightless birds), including the Australian emu and South American rhea, possess three toes while all other bird species have four.
ETYMOLOGY: This species is named for the crest on the head that is reminiscent of the spectacular ratite of tropical Queensland and Papua New Guinea, the cassowary.
In spite of the incomplete nature of those specimens, the presence of several neornithine clades, such as galliform, anseriform and ratite birds in Mesozoic ecosystems appears to be strongly supported (CLARKE et al.
Ratite (ra-tit) A class of large flightless birds including emus and ostriches that are raised for their meat and hides.
The cassowary is the third largest flightless bird in the ratite family.
section][section] 47-1401-05 (2006) (applies to traditional livestock and to "aquatic animals, domesticated deer, all creatures of the ratite family that are not indigenous to this state .
The wing musculature of the brown kiwi Apteryx australis Mantelli and its bearing on ratite affinities.
Ratite eggshell represents an ideal archaeological material for radiocarbon dating for three reasons.