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    They have long left the world, but terror lives in the genes.

    New Zealand has been isolated from the world for millions of years. Yes. Millions. It was one of the ancient countries. Being an island, it was only accessible to birds. With no natural predator in this "paradise" those birds settled here. In absence of predators, almost all the birds gave up their flight.
    This went on for a thousand years. Then he appeared. Haast's eagle, a predator so huge that he could lift a 230 kg Moa bird right of the ground. The flightless birds were all of a sudden on a brink of extinction. But even this Haast eagle couldn't stand against the most supreme predator on the planet. Humans. Around 800 AD Maori tribes inhabited New Zealand, they killed the Hasst eagle population to extinction.

    But something happened during the eagle's reign of terror. All the flightless birds shifted to nocturnal life to escape the eagle's killer sight. Now the Haast Eagle is no more, but the birds continue their nocturnal life. Terror is etched into their genes.

    Fear is an amazing feeling. A feeling that will echo for centuries.
  • #616898
    Beautifully written. This was not known to me. Yes, fear has entered in the genes of those Kiwi birds which have forgot to fly. So, they have become nocturnal in habit.
    Beware! I question everything and everybody.

  • #616903
    Even birds have the attacking attitude to have their presence felt and also rule over that land. Nice rendition of the unknown fact and it is the tutorial to many and for me.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #616904
    Very nicely written. It is true the kiwi birds got frightened and stopped flying. Somebody may be very powerful. A day will come much stronger will come to rule over these powerful. It is natural. It is a fact of life.
    always confident

  • #617017
    Nice presentation of the evolution of birds on a island, Maybe over the years without the need for flying, the birds lost their wings and became heavier as grazers without any natural predator. The with a predator, they changed their behaviour without the option of flight. Birds became nocturnal and the predator disappeared. So, why didn't these birds give up being nocturnal. May be other predators appeared and the birds continued being nocturnal.

  • #617023
    No, because they found the nocturnal life safer.
    With the advent of humans, came along with them, cats.
    Cats are ruthless and they're the main reason of extinction of many bird species.
    And cats are nocturnal too.
    Hence today more than half of the endemic species are endangered.

    The stronger a light shines the darker are the shadows around it.

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