Friday, September 18, 2009

Australian Brush Turkey (or Scrub Turkey)

I introduce to you our resident Australian Scrub Turkey!

Actually she (we believe a female) is quite a pesky creature, though I don't blame her. She just flew in from god knows where a bit longer than last week and thought it cute. But in actual fact she's been destroying our garden. She is native after all...

The Australian Brush Turkey is a native Australian bird. It is fairly common but it's interest lies in the way they lay their eggs. The turkey creates a mound by scraping leaf litter into a pile and lays the eggs in this mound. It is one of the peculiar animals that's gender is determined by temperature. When the chicks hatch they dig themselves out of the mound and are left to fend for themselves.

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