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Nov 26th, 2009 at 23:26 GMT
how much can one gadge like birds
Nov 27th, 2009 at 04:34 GMT
What happened to Penguins, I'm sure I read that Emperor Penguins with all that stored fat get very heavy?
Nov 27th, 2009 at 16:39 GMT
@foyherald. Thanks m8 have added that in, can't believe i missed penguins!!!
Nov 28th, 2009 at 17:03 GMT
Bonus for dodo? Extinct but heavier than a swan.
Jan 3rd, 2010 at 22:49 GMT
Might want to specify which condor you mean, i think the andean is bigger but would check.. also if you gonna include dodo (which is fair enough as the quiz is titled 'can you name the heaviest birds', rather than necessarily the heaviest living birds), can we have the moa as well?
May 21st, 2010 at 09:52 GMT
Opening it up for the dodo would be problematic, as there are several other recently-extirpated birds that would also qualify (all the moas, elephant birds, and adzebills, plus the Rodriguez solitaire and probably the Reunion Sacred Ibis, plus [maybe?] even extraordinary specimens of Haast's Eagle). But as written the quiz are still issues. (1) the "Eurasian Bustard" is actually called the Great Bustard, and at the very least you should accept that name (and probably change the answer given). (2) The trumpeter/whooper swan complex (currently considered two distinct species) is larger than the albatross and the condors. (3) Apparently the Andean Condor is meant (the California, which is not all that closely related, is a fair amount smaller); you specified species in other cases but not in this one. There's no obvious solution to this, as there are two species of rhea and three of cassowary and it would be kind of silly to separate those, so it's not clear whether consistency would be an improvement. (4) You need to include the Wild Turkey, as they get a bit bigger than albatrosses; domestic turkeys get far larger, of course, but you'll probably want to specify that only wild birds count. (5) Dalmatian Pelican has been recorded at 15 kg; I think American White Pelican is probably almost that big but I don't have a source. (6) King Penguin is larger than the albatross and the condors. (7) I suggest putting the birds in a different order, either by taxonomically or by weight. (8) I suggest being explicit about whether you're using average or maximum recorded weight (I suggest the latter).
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