Re: Longest incubation period??

To: Shane Raidal <>,
Subject: Re: Longest incubation period??
From: David McDonald <>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 1997 21:12:47 +1000
According to Todd's 10,001 Titilating Tidbits of Avian Trivia, the
answer to the question 'Which bird has the longest continuous incubation
stretch, and how long is it?' (which is a slightly different question
from that asked by Shane) is:
'The male Emperor Penguin incubates the single egg on the top of its
feet continuously without relief for 64-67 days.  The male kiwi
incubates longer, but departs the nest to feed.'


Shane Raidal wrote:

> Two quick questions. Someone will know the answers!
> 1. What is the incubation period for the mallefowl?
> 2. What is the longest incubation period for a bird?
> P.S.  I think the kiwi (~80 days) may be the answer to No. 2
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