Are All Ground Nesting Birds Flightless?

masked-bobwhite-quail-852319_960_720The bird’s nest is primarily built to prevent the eggs from rolling away and provide warmth for the eggs. Nests will come in different sizes and shapes. The very first bird nests were most likely built on the ground, by a bird that scrapes away at the earth in order to create a cavity. Today, there are still birds that use these basic constructions – and they are called “scrapes”.

You may assume that all ground nesting birds are flightless. However, not all of them are actually flightless. In fact, not all flightless birds are nesting on the ground. Pelicans, emu, ostrich and tinamou lay their eggs in a scrape. Kiwis are also ground nesters; however, they lay their eggs in a burrow.

Most shorebirds can fly; but still, their habitat is not well stocked in trees. Most of them nest on the ground but only in areas that are inaccessible for possible predators.

Weak fliers like partridge, pheasant and quail build nest on the ground. Typically, they nest in grain fields where they can find seclusion and shelter. Some quails though have been recorded to have built nests in open spaces.

It is not actually the lack of trees or flight that causes a bird to nest on the ground. Bustards, which are the heaviest bird of flight in the world, nest on the ground. To protect their nests from predators, they use camouflage.

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Interesting Pets Around the World

petsNumerous kinds of interesting pets from all around the world have won places in the hearts and homes of people who keep animals for pleasure.

Mammals as pets include dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and hamster. And domestic cats and dogs remains to hold the preferred places around the family hearth. In fact there are more than 100 breeds of dogs to choose from. And puppies of almost any breed are solid favorites with young children.

Where you live is a big factor to consider when you want to keep a dog for a pet. Smaller breeds of dogs such as a pug, cocker spaniel, a Pekingese, or perhaps a small mixed breed are the best choices if you’re living in the city. On the other hand, big dogs like the hounds, sporting dogs, terriers, or working dogs such as Newfoundland or a boxer, make great pets in the country or the suburb.

Feathered pets include parakeets, canaries, pigeons, finches, chickens, parrots, mynas, ducks, and geese. Parrots and parakeets are the most popular and entertaining feathered pets because of their ability to learn how to talk and mimic what they hear. While these pets are small and kept in cages, they usually require larger living quarters.

Water pets include fish and turtle. Fish can be classified into warm-water and cold-water species. And there are only four kinds of fish that are domesticated pets – the goldfish which are not always gold (some are silver or black or mix colors), the Roman eel, carp, and paradise fish.

Turtles can be kept in the backyards particularly the box turtles. They can eat worms, slugs, and other garden pests. They can actually learn to recognize their owner and will come for food, which can be bread, meat, mealworms, or angleworms.

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