Kagus are large flightless birds that can reach up to two feet in height. Males and females both have blueish-gray plumage, orange beaks and legs, and red eyes. During courtship displays and territorial disputes, males display a large crest of feathers above their head. They feed on insects and lizards on the forest floor.
Interesting Fact 1
In 2016, 75 percent of this species' largest subpopulation was killed by two dogs.
Interesting Fact 2
Breeding pairs establish forest territories, announcing their turf with a variety of calls, including some that sound like barks and hisses.
Interesting Fact 3
These forest-dwelling birds have powder downs—specialized feathers that make powder to help keep the bird clean, waterproof, and insulated.
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