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comment Are boat-tailed grackles efficient flyers?
@Resonating: The Wikipedia article has pictures for comparison. (I could take my own pictures and post them. I could choose from among many thousand specimens.) The male is iridescent black and the female is dull brown and lacks the tail V.
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comment How do I use a function return as a condition of an if else then shortcut?
if b subsequently returns a non-zero exit status, then c will be executed too. But you can do this to prevent possibly unwanted execution of c: a && { b; true; } || c or a && { b || true; } || c which are basically turning around your demonstration.
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comment Are boat-tailed grackles efficient flyers?
Instead of a fork or a simple graduated shape, boat-tailed grackles have a deep V (you might say in the vertical direction as opposed to a fork in the horizontal direction. They don't flatten that V in flight.
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comment Are boat-tailed grackles efficient flyers?
@Resonating: The female is quite different. So I would say that it's all about sexual dimorphism.
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comment Can thunderstorms curdle milk?
@medica: A link like that should be included in your question. I don't think forum posts are sufficient.
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comment Can thunderstorms curdle milk?
I'm not an expert on this site's requirements (they're pretty tough), but one of the results of your search might be.
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comment Are boat-tailed grackles efficient flyers?
@Resonating: Of the birds with unusual plumage shapes that I'm aware of, the only ones I've had the opportunity to observe with any frequency are the grackle which fly a lot and (with much less observation) peacocks which don't seem to fly nearly as much. I don't imagine lyrebirds, for an example which I haven't had the opportunity to observe, fly very well - the same (observation or flight ability) probably goes for many of the birds of paradise that you mentioned. As for a general statement of whether birds are designed to fly very well - I can think of many counter examples.
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comment Can thunderstorms curdle milk?
This site requires questions to be about specific, public, notable claims rather than personal experiences.
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comment Are boat-tailed grackles efficient flyers?
@anongoodnurse: A Google search for this information turned up no satisfactory information. Now, 50 minutes after posting, this question turns up as the number one result and a duplicate of this very question on a copy-cat site shows up a few entries lower. I have no evidence other than my intuition and curiosity. You can be sure that I'm quite familiar with how StackExchange works.
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comment I speak common English. I want to know how to spell a sound I hear people make
Bill the Cat "spells" it "Thbbft" (and possibly other ways).
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comment What happened to the stackexchange network?
english.se, too. (back now though)
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