Escape mechanism?

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Subject: Escape mechanism?
From: "Ian Fraser" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2005 18:52:36 +1100
It may well be that tail feathers are designed to be dropped (or at least able to be pulled out readily easily) in an emergency. Certainly they seem more 'sheddable' than flight feathers, for instance. However the bird would then have to do without them until next moult. On the other hand it could perform the trick once a year, unlike a gecko or skink which can only do it once a lifetime.


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