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How would an avian city be different from ours?

Heights would not be dangerous Because there is little risk of injury from falling, the creatures would not suffer from vertigo. Our skyscrapers have walls around them to stop people from falling. ...
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Can birds evolve without trees?

Trees were not involved with the evolution of flight in birds. Birds did not evolve flight from gliders but likely from ground running predatory jumpers, birds and maniraptoran dinosaurs are about ...
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Could a large bird be used as transportation?

I decided to try to extrapolate from some known data. I used various sources to find that: The Harpy Eagle at 6 to 9 kg can lift a Three-Toed Sloth of 3.5 to 4.5 kg A Peregrine Falcon of 0.3 to 1.0 ...
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Would we notice ridiculously healthy birds?

Professional ornithologists and conservationists would definitely notice. They would probably realize that something is going on within a few years. There is a large community of bird watchers, and a ...
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Keeping the dodos out of the field

Dodos as you describe looks more like asset than a problem, better than big sack of grains. Plant large number of traps in crops for dodos, use crops as baits. Most dodo attacks would be at ripping ...
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Could a large bird be used as transportation?

Yes. Let the image explain itself. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. According to the 1920 edition of Popular Science magazine, there was a tourist ...
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Possible cause of a world without flying animals

The first flying insects appeared (as far as we know) in the Devonian, some 400 million years ago. Before that there were no flying animals. So not only is a world without flying animals possible, our ...
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Why have my intelligent pigeons not taken over the continent?

To these animals, Manhattan is the civilized world. Anywhere else is just lawless wilderness inhabited by feral creatures that will prey on each other without a second thought. To move away from there ...
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Could crystals grow on living things?

It's known as Biomineralization Biomineralization is the formation of complexes containing inorganic materials by living organisms. This occurs in organs as diverse as bone, teeth, egg shells, and ...
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What would "medieval" weapons made by birds look like

You can give birds medieval levels of technology, but they will not fight excatly like medieval armies The sky would become the preferred arena for birds to fight wars in because "high-ground&...
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99.9% of the flight-capable birds died at once. How screwed is the rest of the world?

Insects swarm, crops die, people starve, society collapses The death of all birds would be apocalyptic in short order. While John O's question covers a lot of aspects of birds' place in the ecosystem, ...
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Would Angels be able to dye their wings?

Feathers can be dyed just like hair or skin or leather or fabric; this is really common knowledge. Feather dyeing has been practiced all over the world for a very long time. Here is photo of a ...
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How do the eggs of birds that fly using their legs not crack?

The uterus does not participate in the mechanical stresses of movement. It is not invited to that party and it does not want to go. A uterus has uterus things to worry about. It no more participates ...
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What are the advantages of four wings over two wings?

I'm going to have to disagree with Monty on this one. While the wings would be added weight and would potentially create more drag, comparing bird biology to biplanes is downright folly. Consider ...
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Would we notice ridiculously healthy birds?

The cities would be the first to notice. And I mean really notice. Seagulls Welcome to my home city of Aberdeen on the north-east coast of Scotland, the 'oil capitol of Europe', which really should be ...
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Possible cause of a world without flying animals

Discounting the problematic flying fish, flight has evolved 4 separate times that we know of. Insects, 400 million years ago Pterosaurs, 230 million years ago Birds, 150 million years ago Bats, 50 ...
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Could a cockatrice have parasitic embryos?

I'm by no means sure of this, biology is not my wheelhouse, but I would think that the most likely "solution" in this case is that the Cockatrice reproduces by introducing a live-born predatory infant ...
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What is the most effective use of phoenixes in battle?

Logistics - cut off the enemies supply lines Your front fighters might very well be able to hold off a phoenix or two and you don't want to send it all of them at once - if the enemy has a secret ...
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How could bird people map the air?

Maps They would probably use something similar to our pilots. A winds aloft map. These maps describe the prevailing wind. While wind from moment to moment can be going many different directions, ...
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Ergonomically correct eagle riders in the modern age

They will not sit on the bird, for (at least) two reasons. First, sitting is going to create a lot of aerodynamic drag, resulting in a bird that tires quickly. Thats why jockeys and bike racers lean ...
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What could cause an avian species to become intelligent?

Intelligence doesn't require opposable thumbs. Civilization does require multiple species. When thinking about animal intelligence, it’s hard to keep our biases out of it. There’s a tendency to ...
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War eagles, feasible?

There are a number of ways they could be used, but maybe not in ways you would expect. The biggest problem with military birds is that they can't be armored enough to protect them from archers. Any ...
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Why have my intelligent pigeons not taken over the continent?

Because, like Dr Doolittle, they can talk to the animals If these pigeons are physically the same as their ancestors today, there are a whole lot of things they can't do. They can't develop a tool-...
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Can birds evolve without trees?

The first tree is probably 385 million years old. The first winged insect is probably 400 million years old. These numbers are approximate, but our understanding of geology and palaeontology should ...
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Keeping the dodos out of the field

1. Guard dog. You could train a dog to patrol the fields and chase out the dodos. That is dog work. If a cat shows up too that will be fine. 2. Copy the indigenes. You mention a nearby ...
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Are "bicycles" for flying species possible?

No, that would be like an improved walking apparatus for us, not like a bicycle. Flying creatures are already evolved to pretty derive much optimum performance from their muscles for flying. Note that ...
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Would we notice ridiculously healthy birds?

It really depends, as Jarred mentioned in his comment if observation cancels and removes the effect it's not likely humans will realise anything is amiss. However, I'm not sure making birds super ...
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What could cause an avian species to become intelligent?

The factors that naturally selected humans (or more to the point, earlier primates/hominids) for increasing intelligence are somewhat speculative, but I think any of the following is plausible enough ...
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What might cause (physically) large predatory birds to form large (in terms of numbers) flocks?

I posit that a good reason for such birds flocking would be: cooperative attack on a large land animal that no single bird could attack successfully by itself. Imagine your birds, preying in packs ...
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What would an avian "castle" look like?

Castles built to defend Avians from other Avian races would likely be built below ground. Either in cliff sides or in mountain crevices. However, these natural terrain formations will not always be ...
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