Similar in many respects to penguins, diving birds were water birds through, taking to water with their streamlined build. Sporting long, thin necks, the diving birds caught their meals with their long beaks, lined with small teeth equipped for catching fish, and maneuvered themselves through the water with their webbed feet and tiny, flightless wings.
During the warmer stages of the ice age, the ice and snow began to thaw, allowing dozens of species, including the diving birds, to enjoy the naturally-occurring pools and water slides located in Ice Valley. Some of the diving birds would swim in the lakes, feeding off the schools of piranha that schooled there, while others would stay more towards the swamps and marshes. Flocks of the birds left the naturally-occurring waterpark behind upon hearing news of the land flooding, heading for a boat at the end of the valley. The diving birds made it safely to the boat and were among those animals that registered astonishment at seeing a passing herd of mammoths, animals long since thought extinct by other animals.
Many years later, some diving birds witnessed a meteor shower.
Behind the Scenes
The species to which the diving birds belong is Baptornis. The name "diving bird", which is the meaning of "Baptornis" in Latin, has been used by who worked on the movie in the concept art.
Baptornis, like many of the animals within the Ice Age stories, were not true creatures of the ice ages; they were instead creatures of the Cretaceous (80-90 millions years ago), along with the dinosaurs.
- Ice Age: The Meltdown (First appearance)
- Ice Age: Collision Course
- ↑ http://mackenziestudio.blogspot.com/2010/06/film-and-animation.html Robert Mackenzie's Blogspot
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