A Conversation for Colours of Wildlife: Great Spotted Cuckoo

Is this cuckoo easy to spot?

Post 1

paulh. Antisocial distancing works a well as the Social kind

It boggles what's left of my mind, that these birds have such a huge range. From Tuscany to the tip of Africa is a very long way, and they manage to do it. smiley - ok


Is this cuckoo easy to spot?

Post 2

Willem

Hello! Yes cuckoos are amazing migrants. They've tracked Eurasian cuckoos recently as they migrated from Europe to Africa and back... incredible, one of them crossed the Sahara in a single non-stop two-day flight.

These are actually hard to spot, I haven't spotted one yet!


Is this cuckoo easy to spot?

Post 3

paulh. Antisocial distancing works a well as the Social kind

They may be called cuckoos, but they seem plenty smart at getting where they want to go. smiley - applause


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Post 4

Willem

Our feathered friends are indeed much more savvy than we give them credit for.


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Post 5

paulh. Antisocial distancing works a well as the Social kind

Might flight be in the future for humans as well?

Consider those often big, grounded dinosaurs, which got lighter and eventually took up flight.

Then the rodents got into the act. Basically, bats are flying mice. some squirrels can fly, after a fashion. Some frogs have membranes that they can spread, so as to coast out of the treetops.


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Post 6

ITIWBS

Bats are actually close relatives of the primates and were originally classified as primates.

Bats apparently differentiated from arboreal shrews before the tree shrews differentiated into lemurs.

An exception to that rule is the flying foxes, which differentiated from lemurs about the same time as the first monkeys.


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Post 7

Willem

I think you mean the flying lemur, or Colugo. That one seems like something intermediate between a primate and a bat. But flying foxes are fruit bats, quite proper bats, no closer to primates than any other bats.


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Post 8

paulh. Antisocial distancing works a well as the Social kind

Flying lemurs? smiley - wow

That brings up images of the Wicked Witch of the West and her flying monkeys.

Would you name a flying fox Miles Prower?


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Post 9

Willem

Over here, rather Killo Meterprower.


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Post 10

paulh. Antisocial distancing works a well as the Social kind

Miles Prower is a friend of Sonic the hedgehog.


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Post 11

Willem

I know! But most flying foxes live in countries where they use the metric system.


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Post 12

paulh. Antisocial distancing works a well as the Social kind

smiley - doh


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Post 13

ITIWBS

Anyhoo, point of what I said, bats are among our closest evolutionary relatives, after apes, monkeys and lemurs.


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Post 14

paulh. Antisocial distancing works a well as the Social kind

Seems like a rather crowded belfry. smiley - smiley


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Post 15

Willem

I was just trying to extend the pun of Miles Prower's name, Paulh.


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Post 16

paulh. Antisocial distancing works a well as the Social kind

And doing a fine job of it, too.


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