These smallest flightless birds enjoy a peaceful life on the Inaccessible Island, far away from snooping humans. Now you must be thinking about how these birds even reached isolated islands without flying or swimming. Recent genetic analysis revealed that these birds’ close ancestors had wings and migrated to this Island.
Wings help birds move away from danger, but the Inaccessible Island was safe from predators. So, there was not much use for wings left for these rails; thus, wings lost their functioning through evolution. Moreover, they make their nest on the ground where both parents participate in fostering the young.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Flock
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No