Re: [Glorantha]Secret Origins of the Anatids

From: John English <>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2004 08:19:22 +0100

Carl Fink writes:

> Now, relate that to the real-world fact that ducks, or rather drakes,
> are among the very few birds to have a penis. (Most birds have a
> simple cloaca.) Why? Because they are are also the only birds that
> reproduce largely by rape. The drakes hold down the much-smaller
> ducks and force copulation on them.

In fact while this (rape) is true of many ducks (and other waterfowl) many species engage in harmonious pair-bonds. Durulzi are probably also variable...

More interestingly avian "penises" (actually not true penises at all but a phallic extension of the cloaca) are not limited to waterfowl. Amoungst others that have one are the ostrich - does this have implications for a a certain group of Praxian pygmies?



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