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Stubbill
All stubbill species
All the species of stubbills.
Plate from A Field Guide to the Birds of Devonshire; plate #6
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Infraclass: Palaeognathae
Family: Brevirhynchiformes
(Travis and Hellstern, 2300)
Family: Brevirhynchidae
(Travis and Hellstern, 2300)
Genus: Brevirhynchus
(Travis and Hellstern, 2300)
Stubbills next to a person

Stubbills next to a 6 ft (1.8 m) person.


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The stubbills are ratites (flightless birds with an unkeeled sternum) in the genus Brevirhynchus, native to parts of southern Europa and northern Aifric. There are three extant species, Crested, Giant and Green. The genus name means "short-billed", another name for the birds, and the collective name for stubills is a short.

Description

Stubbills are medium-sized birds with long legs with brown, white or greenish plumage. The males tend to be larger than the females. They range from 3 feet (0.9 m) to 6 feet (1.8 m) and weigh up to 100 lbs (45.3 kg). They have three toes on each foot, like that of the rheas.

Taxonomy

There are three species:

The stubbills are more related to the rheas than to the ostriches.

Behaviour

The behaviour of these birds is unknown, but they are known to run up to 40 mph (64.3 kph) when running.


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