Biology of the Kaiteri

Physical traits:

Sexes:

Health

Diseases

Avian malaria - A parasitic blood disease from insect bites.

Bumblefoot disease - If they don't swim enough, they get fat and can get this disease.

Thalassemia - A blood disorder where the body makes an abnormal amount of hemoglobin and results in the destruction of red blood cells, leading to anemia. Requires blood transfusions and folate supplements. If one receives blood transfusions, one doesn't take iron.

Moulting

When Kaiteri molt once a year in March-April, they look at what areas have molted and try to arrange pleasing patterns. They molt first on their stomachs and lastly their heads. They take their morning and evening swim as usual, but during the molting process, they swim in a watersuit. They fast when they begin to molt and are grumpy. (Can also fledge in February-March and fledge in the last half of December and in January).

The Gentoos molt in April and fledge in February-March.

The Rahi molt at home, but the Kahurangi and Potetea aren't necessarily at home when they molt. The Kingi join groups of those also molting.

The first time Kaiteri fledge, it is a major rite. The family goes with the crecheling to buy a special watersuit so they can still swim, and when anyone sees the suit, they know to squawk and flap their wings. The crecheling parades around with the family in the suit, and then they have a party.

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*Date of discovery.