Study Reveals How Tiny Flightless Birds Ended Up In Inaccessible Iceland

Study Reveals How Tiny Flightless Birds Ended Up In Inaccessible Iceland

The Inaccessible Island rail is the world's smallest flightless bird. It can only be found on Incaccessible Island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and now they know how they got there. ( Stervander, Ryan, Melo & Hansson | Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution )

For almost 100 years, researchers have been baffled how to make tiny, flightless birds their way to an isolated island.

The researchers of the new birds now know how the birds got to the island and successfully colonized it.

The World's Smallest Flightless Bird

Inaccessible Island rails are the world's smallest flightless birds, weighing in at just about 34 to 49 grams. It is also known as "On the Island" in Atlantic Ocean.

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