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Australian Brush Turkey
60-75 cm (almost as a domestic turkey).
There are 2 subspecies:
Tropical rain forests and other woodland areas, including dry scrub. Very common at camp sites and picnic areas.
This species does not seem to engage in migration or nomadic behavior.
A large nesting mound is built mostly of leaflitter, at least one meter/three feet tall and 3-5 times wider. Into this are the eggs laid by sometimes several females (she may lay in more than one mound as well). Males control the temperature of the mound by adding or extracting materials, but the eggs are incubated by the heat of composting. Opon hatching, the young dig their own way out of the mound and are left to fend for themselves.
The diet includes invertebrates, nuts, seeds and fallen fruits.
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