Mesites Roatelos And People

All three species of mesites are well known to local humans and are hunted for food. However, in certain portions of

PRECOCIAL CHICKS

Some species of birds, including mesites, many wading birds, and species like chickens and ducks, have precocial chicks. Precocial chicks are developmentally advanced by the time they hatch. They are born with down feathers and are also able to move around and fend for themselves to some degree. Precocial chicks are contrasted with the altricial (al-TRISH-uhl) young of other bird species, including most songbirds. Altricial chicks are featherless and helpless when they hatch.

Madagascar, the brown mesite is not hunted because it is protected by a taboo, one so strictly observed that it is forbidden to mention the bird's name.

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