Floricans? Cranes? (although they use their wings at the same time) however
many birds jump up as the initial part of getting airborne.
On 21/12/2013, at 9:55 PM, Laurie Knight wrote:
> Perhaps. I'm sure people could jump equivalent heights if they were
> structured for jumping like grasshoppers.
> My question remains. What other birds have a noticeable capacity to jump up?
> Regards, Laurie
> On 21/12/2013, at 11:03 AM, Paul Osborn wrote:
>> Young ducks only weigh a few grams, so the effort needed to lift them 30cm
>> is nowhere near what a person would need to jump an equivalent height.
>> Paul Osborn
>> -----Original Message----- From: Laurie Knight
>> Sent: Friday, December 20, 2013 6:03 PM
>> To: Birding Aus
>> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Young ducks can jump
>> As I was wandering through the Roma Street Parklands (close to the
>> Brisbane CBD) I came across a family of Pacific Black Ducks in an
>> artificial rainforest gully - there is a concrete cascade with a 30 cm
>> vertical jump ups. There were some week old ducklings in the cascade
>> section. One was at the bottom, while its siblings were in the upper
>> section. From a standing start, the duckling leapt up the 30 cm to
>> the next level.
>> Leaping up is not an activity you see often from birds. Flying yes.
>> Walking yes. Running yes. Jumping down yes. Leaping up? I've seen
>> footage of penguins "jumping" out of the water onto the ice (from a
>> swimming start), and I've seen ducks hopping out of the water, but
>> I've never seen a bird jump up three times its body length.
>> I doubt there would be many people who could jump onto a ledge above
>> their body height and land on their feet from a standing start without
>> using their hands. (The people who jump up more than their height
>> have a run up and they don't land on their feet. People who jump
>> three times their height are using a long pole to lever themselves up).
>> Are there any birds that have a noticeable capacity to jump up?
>> Regards, Laurie.