archosaurophilia
archosaurophilia:

The Kagu (Rhynochetos jubatus) is a curious bird native to the montane forests of the French overseas collectivity of New Caledonia. Its placement among the avian family tree has been complicated since the time of its discovery, Once thought to be an ardeid like egrets and herons, it was considered in more recent times to be a gruiform. Of late, it’s usually been allied to the sunbittern of Central and South America, suggesting that the two species may be part of an ancient, Gondwanan radiation of birds.
It’s average-sized so far as ground-dwelling birds go, averaging at around 55 cm long. Strictly carnivorous, its diet consists mostly of invertebrates and small reptiles from the forest floor. Its generic name (‘rhyno’ = nose and ‘chetos’ = corn) stems from the ‘nasal corns’, a pair of flaps over the nostrils unique to the Kagu among all birds.
It is the heraldic bird of New Caledonia, and despite pressure from introduced mammals which has reduced its range on the island, is the focus of a number of dedicated conservation efforts which have seen considerable success.

archosaurophilia:

The Kagu (Rhynochetos jubatus) is a curious bird native to the montane forests of the French overseas collectivity of New Caledonia. Its placement among the avian family tree has been complicated since the time of its discovery, Once thought to be an ardeid like egrets and herons, it was considered in more recent times to be a gruiform. Of late, it’s usually been allied to the sunbittern of Central and South America, suggesting that the two species may be part of an ancient, Gondwanan radiation of birds.

It’s average-sized so far as ground-dwelling birds go, averaging at around 55 cm long. Strictly carnivorous, its diet consists mostly of invertebrates and small reptiles from the forest floor. Its generic name (‘rhyno’ = nose and ‘chetos’ = corn) stems from the ‘nasal corns’, a pair of flaps over the nostrils unique to the Kagu among all birds.

It is the heraldic bird of New Caledonia, and despite pressure from introduced mammals which has reduced its range on the island, is the focus of a number of dedicated conservation efforts which have seen considerable success.

dinodorks

Rapator ornitholestoides

a-dinosaur-a-day:

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Source: http://www.artistwd.com/joyzine/australia/articles/dinosaurs/rapator.php#.U91WMYBdXY8

NameRapator ornitholestoides 

Name Meaning: Plunderer resembling ornitholestes 

First Described: 1932

Described By: Huene 

ClassificationDinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neotheropoda, Averostra, Tetanurae, Orionides, Avetheropoda, Coelurosauria, Tyrannoraptora, Tyrannosauroidea, Megaraptora

Rapator is another megaraptor from Australia, found in the Griman Creek Formation of New South Wales. It was about nine meters long but it is only known from a finger bone. It lived in the Aptian stage of the Early Cretaceous, about 105 million years ago. The name is actually thought to be a wrong spelling of the word raptor. Its finger is very similar to that of Ornitholestes, prompting its specific name. After the discovery of Astralovenator, it was classified as a meagaraptoran, and since the two are so similar it was briefly a dubious genus. However, enough differences have been found between the two, and they are separated both by time and by location, making them unlikely to be the same. More material should be found, however, before any more statements about the genus can be made. 

Sources: 

http://www.prehistoric-wildlife.com/species/r/rapator.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapator

Shout out goes to quitetheconversationalist

technotranceremex
sinosauropteryx

sinosauropteryx:

this may be one of my favorite blog posts about theropods i’ve ever read. check out the link and read on for more.

dinodorks

mucholderthen:

Theropods
In Green-Mamba's DINOSAURIA Series”
SCALE illustrations are from Wikipedia.

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