ratites


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ratites

[′ra‚tīts]
(vertebrate zoology)
A group of flightless, mostly large, running birds comprising several orders and including the emus, cassowaries, kiwis, and ostriches.
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Ostrich The largest of the ratites, the ostrich is from Africa and can weigh over 400 pounds.
22 (2006) (similar to federal HMSA; covers ratites but not "poultry and aquatic species"); GA.
Emu oil is a great skin conditioner," says Jan Smith, director of the Ratite Sexing Service in Massachusetts.
Ratites are a group of flightless birds that include the Australian emu and cassowary, African ostrich, New Zealand's kiwi and now-extinct moa, rhea from South America and the extinct elephant birds of Madagascar.
Most EEE virus infections in birds are asymptomatic; however, disease can be seen in partridges, pheasants, psittacine birds, ratites, and whooping cranes.
They're ratites, just like ostriches, emus and turkeys.
2 ml para cualquier ave de tamano similar a las pertenecientes al orden Paseriforme, e incrementandose hasta 1 ml para aves de tamano similar a los Ratites.
The European Commission announced on 11 May that it had decided to widen a regionalised import ban on Bulgarian poultry, poultry meat and meat products, ratites, game and hatching eggs, due to an outbreak of Newcastle Disease.
However, preliminary surveys of representatives of various orders have revealed that the basic organization of the tail apparatus is remarkably conservative in all but the flightless ratites (Baumel 1988; Gatesy, unpubl.
Had the course of history or the initial conditions been just a little different, South American fauna might be dominated by huge ratites, or marsupials.