fernbird


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fernbird

(ˈfɜːnˌbɜːd)
n
(Animals) a small brown and white New Zealand swamp bird, Bowdleria punctata, with a fernlike tail. Also called: matata (NZ)
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Another group with similar, although less extreme morphological and behavioral adaptations are the New Zealand fernbirds of the genus Bowdleria (Olson 1990b), which also use the hindlimb not only to scratch and push away detritus but also to pick up leaves with the feet (Best 1979).
Osteology and systematics of the fernbirds (Bowdleria: Sylviidae).