Every Bird Should Get To Fly

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A friend sent me this clever streaming video, which is a sweet commercial for the Washington State Lottery .. it shows a variety of flightless bird species enjoying the gift of flight! [1:02].

So .. I know the emu on the ground was real, but do you think the “flying” emu a real bird?


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grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to Every Bird Should Get To Fly

  1. travc says:

    I have no idea how much of that is real. Wish we could contact the ad agency and find out.
    Anyways, as much as I hate lotteries (duh, I know basic statistics), the “message” of that one is kindof cool. “Win the lottery so you can do cool/nice/meaningful things for other people.”

  2. Bob O'H says:

    The chicken looked rather bored to me.

  3. the chicken is a very calm flier. no in-flight martinis for that chick!