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New Kagu

The fascinating and mysterious Kagu, a bird of little known affinities; believed to be most closely related to the sunbittern of Central and South America. The Kagu is endemic to New Caledonia, where pairs inhabit mostly exclusive territories throughout the native dense mountain forests. They are ground dwellers and are practically flightless, using their wing feathers for primarily for display purposes and gliding when escaping danger. They are endangered and are vulnerable to introduced land predators. It is a culturally significant bird to the Kanak people of New Caledonia, who refer to the Kagu as the “ghost of the forest”. Pictured here is a male and as you can see, he is not being friendly and doing his best to scare me off. Ghost, indeed!

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