Bird beginning with X

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Subject: Bird beginning with X
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Sun, 02 Dec 2007 14:56:53 +1100
To be sure, we need X in the alphabet. But if there aren't any convenient birds which start with X, why not put in X without a bird, and just explain that it means the unknown? So much we don't know in science and birds in particular. When I was about ten, it was a huge eye-opener when I asked a kind marine biologist what animal produced the 'sausage-blubber' egg-masses I found at the beach - and he said "Nobody knows - we haven't seen anything lay them, and we haven't been able to rear them in the lab." So there was something I might find out all on my own! (About 10 years later two amateur malacologists found that the parents were Sandsnails - they put one in a tank, and next day it had produced the curved gelatinous egg-mass)).

Anthea Fleming

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