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  • n. A New Caledonian endemic bird species, Rhynochetos jubatus, the only surviving member of the family Rhynochetidae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A singular, crested, grallatorial bird (Rhinochetos jubatus), native of New Caledonia. It is gray above, paler beneath, and the feathers of the wings and tail are handsomely barred with brown, black, and gray. It is allied to the sun bittern.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A remarkable grallatorial bird, Rhinochetus jubatus, the sole member of the family Rhinochetidæ peculiar to New Caledonia.


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  • The kagu is the national bird of New Caledonia and is listed by IUCN as endangered (EN), along with the Australasian bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus), New Caledonian lorikeet (Charmosyna diadema), and New Caledonian owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles savesi).

    New Caledonia rain forests

  • While this young kagu might not enjoy the meal it is being given we hope it's grown up to be the pale grey ground-living bird with a funny walk just like its parents.

    WATCH: Birds Don't Have To Fly To Be Awesome

  • Feral dogs are now breeding in the wild and could be the reason why the kagu (Rhynochetos jubatus, EN) have disappeared from the north of Province Nord within the last 30 years.

    Biological diversity in New Caledonia

  • Forest destruction and feral dogs gravely threaten the kagu, and only a few hundred individuals survive.

    Biological diversity in New Caledonia

  • The kagu (Rhynochetos jubatus, EN) is the only representative of an entire family endemic to New Caledonia.

    Biological diversity in New Caledonia

  • There are three endemic genera, two of which are monotypic, including the kagu (Rhynochetos jubatus, EN), the only living member of the endemic family, Rhynochetidae.

    Biological diversity in New Caledonia

  • The park also has the only kagu populations that are on the rise as a result of controlling introduced predators.

    New Caledonia rain forests

  • However, one ancient family, Rynochetidae, is endemic to New Caledonia and is currently represented by one species, the kagu (Rhynochetos jubatus).

    New Caledonia rain forests

  • It's on my mind right now, because I am kagu right now.

    Archive 2005-06-01

  • ほのぼのと春こそ空に来にけらし天の香具山霞たなびく dimly, spring has come to the skies above / the mist trails along heavenly mt. kagu



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  • A crested flightless bird from New Caledonia.

    December 15, 2007