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Rare Bird is Awarded Private Beach

by amanda on May 20, 2009 · 0 comments

in misc

090515151615-largeI had never heard of a maleo before this story. They are found only on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.  Their beach is now a protected habitat for the maleo, a unique bird which relies on the sun-baked sands of beaches and in some instances, volcanically heated soil, to incubate its eggs, which it buries in the ground.

The beach was purchased for approximately $12,500, funds donated by the Lis Hudson Memorial Fund and the Singapore-based company Quvat Management. The project also was supported throughout by the Dutch-based Van Tienhoven Foundation.

It’s only member of the monotypic genus Macrocephalon.   Fewer than 100 nesting sites still exist throughout the bird’s entire home range.

The really cool thing is that the parents bury the eggs, leave them and when the chicks hatch, they can fly and fend for themselves.  That’s unique among birds.

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